Sunday, February 11, 2007

"Lifeboat" (1944)

"Dying together's even more personal than living together."

It's WWII and a ship in the Atlantic has been torpedoed by a U-Boat. The survivors are stuck in a 40-foot lifeboat. It's almost like a collection of people from Gilligan's Island. There's the international journalist, the rich capitalist businessman, the radio operator, the nurse, the steward, the sailor and the engineer.

You'd think this would be enough. People from different backgrounds, with different ideas about how to survive and get back to civilization. But then, this "motley crew" pick up one more survivor. This final passenger just happens to be from the U-Boat that torpedoed their ship.

What happens next? Does the crew turn on this lone survivor from the opposing side? Does everyone break out into a rendition of "Cabin Fever"? Do they cook their shoes over an open fire after running out of food? I won't tell. You'll just have to pick up the movie for yourself.

Something to keep in mind though is that this is a Hitchcock film so there is an expectation. As well, you might be wondering how Hitchcock could possibly make an appearance in a movie that takes place on a boat. Again, you'll just have to watch to find out.

The film was somewhat limited by the space constraints placed upon it. The story, charactes and plot have to be enough to keep the viewers attention for the entire movie and at some points this was lacking.

Rating: 4/5

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