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Das Boot

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Slow and steady WWII drama aims for depth over flair.

TV Hulu Drama 2018
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Heavy Content

This film is exceptional. Captivating story, excellent casting, believable acting, intelligent dialog, and solid character development. The story is not spoon fed to you, and the director uses the scenes and expressions (not always words) to tell a very dramatic story. Although I have nothing but praise for this series, it is emotionally hard to watch. It shows the war for what it was, the occupation of France, the persecution of the Jews, and the brutality of the Nazis. I must also mention that there are two rape scenes that were hard for me to watch. In both cases the victims die, and in one case it is gang rape. Not sure why the director felt it was necessary to include these scenes. I’m glad I was alone when I watched this because I could not have watched it next to my wife or children. In some ways, this series is like watching Schindler’s List. This series is for adults. Even mature teens don’t have enough life experiences to put this film in context.

Is It Any Good?

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The subject of the French resistance in World War II is ripe for a new audience, both because of its inherently dramatic stories of high-stakes espionage and because of how often the events of the war come up in contemporary political discussion. Das Boot is demanding of its viewers--in addition to the subtitles and deep cast to keep track of, it moves at a slow, steady, submarine's pace -- but, like other recent historical dramas like Chernobyl or Catch-22, it promises a similar dramatic (and relevant) payoff.

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