Following the destruction of their own submarine, an American crew led by Matthew McConaughey and Harvey Keitel are forced to take over the German sub they just evacuated, and play a game of trickery against the nazis once they find the highly useful German code-book.The action is loud and overpowering, special-effects driven and the real center of attraction. That is most apparent however, when "U-571" switches over to asking for your empathy towards the characters, and ends up falling way-short. The undeveloped, stiff and cardboard characters don't allow any connection and the believability is stifled. The grandiosity of the effects far outplay the human element. Only an early scene where McConaughey and another crew member strom the German sub, and the look of fear and bewilderment on their faces, does it come close to capturing the tension and anxiety. With Jon Bon Jovi, David Keith, Bill Paxton, Jake Weber and Matthew Settle. Directed and co-written by Jonathan Mostow.Final Verdict: D+.