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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sinking of the Laconia DVD Review

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Sinking of the Laconia DVD Review
 

Synopsis: In September 1942 at the height of the battle for the Atlantic, a German U-boat torpedoed the RMS Laconia, sinking the British ship without knowing that it carried more than 2,000 passengers, many of them civilians. What followed is a harrowing true story of heroism, heartbreak, and unexpected humanity in the midst of the bloodiest conflict in history.

Award-winning screenwriter Alan Bleasdale (G.B.H.) dramatizes the incident with deft characterizations, narrative subtlety, and moral complexity. Ken Duken (Inglourious Basterds), Franka Potente (The Bourne Identity, Run Lola Run), and Andrew Buchan (Garrow's Law) anchor the outstanding international cast, which also features Lindsay Duncan (Rome) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy). Both thrilling and thought-provoking, this BAFTA-nominated miniseries is "the best bit of drama on the BBC in 20 years" (The Independent, U.K.).

Review: This two-part made for british television movie mini-series is one of the coolest dramas we've seen come out of the UK for a long while.  The story, focusing on a civilian ship that gets sunk during WWII and is subsequently helped by a Nazi ship captain.   The true story is rather unbelievable, but serves as a nice beacon of hope for the humanity still alive even during those harsh times.   The acting in this one is top notch and the film watches quite well.  We highly recommend this one for anyone interested in WWII history, teachers for classrooms and those looking for a good drama.

The special features include: Documentary featurette: “The Sinking of the Laconia: Survivors’ Stories” (29 min.), SDH subtitles

Interest Range: British