Early on in WWII the allies were losing the Battle for the Atlantic. German submarines, U Boats they were called, were winning the seas for Germany. Many ships were being sunk and the main reason was because we couldn't break their codes. The Germans used what was called an Enigma machine to scramble their messages. We had to get one but to do that we would either have to go to the bottom of the sea or try and steal one. They chose the latter and send a crew disguised as a U Boat to try and do that.
Major Matthew Coonan (David Keith) uses some recruits who can speak German to help him infiltrate a German sub. The boat Captain was Lt. Cmdr. Mike Dahlgren (Bill Paxton) and the first officer was Lt. Andrew Tyler (Matthew McConaughey). Tyler wanted his own command but Dahlgren didn't think he could make the tough decisions.
The Chief of the Boat was CPO Henry Klough (Harvey Keitel). Another ranking officer was Lt. Pete Emmitt (Jon Bon Jovi) who would go on the raid.
A U boat was spotted waiting for some help from a mother ship. It had broken down and the allies saw their chance. Disguised as the relief ship they travel over to the derelict sub and take it over. What they didn't know was that the real relief sub had been watching and after all the German crew had been transferred the Germans fired on it and sinking it.
Now it was time for Tyler to prove just how well he could handle the pressure. You see Dahlgren and most of the American crew were left aboard their ship or in the water. The mission took precedent, men were expendable.
Tyler now had to get a sub back in order and try and get the Enigma back to the Allies without getting sunk. Watch the movie to see how he does. Director Jonathan Mostow does an excellent job with this movie as it is action packed and it has drama coming out of it's ears. Enjoy.