Published on March 6th, 2008 | by Chris0
In Enemy Hands (2004)
But that's what we've got today. In Enemy Hands takes us once again beneath the Atlantic during World War II. This time, however, things are a little more complicated than kill-or-be-killed.
To be fair, In Enemy Hands starts off in typical sub-movie fashion, and for the most part follows through. The goodbyes, the typical arguments between crew members, the distrust of the rookie captain, etc. etc.....
That is, until the USS Swordfish gets torpedoed, and the crew has to abandon ship. Right into the hands of the awaiting U-429 and her crew. What the Germans don't realize, and the Americans have only just discovered, is that they've been infected with a rather nasty strain of meningitis, and its highly contagious.
So, on top of the usual bickering from the German side about keeping the prisoners in the first place, and for good reasons.... crew from both sides start falling ill, and dying. Much to the Kapitan's dismay, he's forced to enlist the help of the Americans, and formulates a plan to sail to New York and give themselves up, just to stay alive.
And, you guessed it, more divisiveness in the crew emerges, and more tension. Until finally they come across a US Destroyer, AND another U-Boat....
Look, I'm not going to say this was bad, but I really expected more from a cast which I'd call fair. Kapitan Herdt (Til Schweiger) is really stoic, The Swordfish's COB, Nathan Travers (William H. Macy) is just, well, kind of there, really. I definitely expected more from him. The biggest disappointment was Travers' wife, played by NCIS's Lauren Holly. Egads, sister, what was up with that? Keep an eye out for a few other familiar faces, such as LOST's Ian Somerhalder.
I suppose the ultimate message is that when faced with survival, even enemies can band together in cooperation, but in the end I can't say I was all that impressed really by In Enemy Hands. It was a contrived plot from the start, and the entire thing felt like I was reading one of those cheesy high-school-library action adventure novels.
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Summary: I can't say I was all that impressed really by In Enemy Hands. It was a contrived plot from the start, and the entire thing felt like I was reading one of those cheesy high-school-library action adventure novels.