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:: In Enemy Hands

Submarines have always provided Hollywood with fertile ground for storytelling, particularly thrillers. After all, the environment perfectly serves the elements of tension and claustrophobia, and there is something complex about the psychology of men trapped in an enclosed space for long periods of time. In Enemy Hands is only a so-so addition to the long line underwater movies that have become so prevalent since the end of the World War II. Not really bad enough to be dismissed altogether, it still falls way short of some of its more compelling contemporaries.

The story centres on an American crew who get taken hostage by their German counterparts during a sea battle in the midst of WWII. The initial hostility between the two camps gives way, however, when a bout of meningitis starts laying out the Nazi crew. If anyone is to survive they must work together, putting aside their differences and realizing that in the madness of war, an individual’s humanity can be forgotten.

It’s an interesting premise that is handled with absolutely no subtlety by director Tony Giglio, who seems much more at home directing scenes of sweaty panic than anything containing real emotional resonance. The cast dedicate themselves to their roles as best they can, but the script shows desperate signs of being underwritten, particularly in the heavy-handed scenes showing that Americans and Germans aren’t so different after all. If you go by the message this film gives, all you need to overcome years of conflict is to sit down with your sworn enemy and share a cup of coffee.

DVD Extras

• Talent Profiles
• Original Movie Trailer
• Bonus Movie Trailers
• Animated/Interactive Menus
• Chapter List