Running time: 97 minutes
Language: English / German
During the World War 2 German navy had two great battleships called Bismarck and Tirpitz that were most advanced warships of their times. Since Kriegsmarine had very limited number of ships, comparing to Royal Navy, the main purpose for those battleship were the raids on the merchant ships and thus cutting off United Kingdom from supplies. Bismarck was first to enter service, armed with eight 380mm guns and displacement of 50,000 tonnes it was a power that British had to take seriously. Battleship left Gdynia on the night of 19 May 1941 and joined by heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen begun the first war patrol. British headquarters received informations that both German warships were spotted leaving the Skagerrak straits and obviously they are heading towards North Atlantic, where they can freely operate and attack llied convoys. Captain Jonathan Shepard takes over command of the Royal Navy operations just in time to face one of he deadliest opponents - the mighty Bismarck. Shepard sends all the best British warships that are available, including HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Hood, but just few minutes after engaging the enemy HMS Hood is blown up by a single salvo from Bismarck.
Good war film, one of the best naval battle films, although small parts of the plot are not based on the facts - film was made before all the secrets surrounding breaking the code of Enigma were made public, also involvment of the destroyers in the hunt for Bismarck are not exactly accurate. But beside that it is great film made wih great realism, especially taking under consideration that the creators had no CGI technology.
Our rating: 8.8 / 10
Film value: 10 / 10
Realism factor: 4 / 5
Adventure factor: 4 / 5
Historical accuracy factor: 4 / 5
World War II
Battle of the Atlantic
War films are not always showing the war per se - often the main theme is the influence of the conflict on lives of people involved, but also their families and friends. War is seldom a local thing - the trauma, the pain, the death they put their mark on people from around the world.