The Enemy Below (1957)
An intense wartime film that sees two war-worn captains pitted against each other at sea. The Nazi U-boat and the U.S. destroyer spend what feels like an eternity trying to outwit each other. Robert Mitchum’s Captain Murrell believes he has the upper hand as much as Curd Jurgens‘s Von Sturlburg. However it’s the German is tired of war, a veteran from WWI has witnessed first hand the machines transformation of the form war now takes.
Man no longer fights as he once did on the battle field, even though WWI was seen as the most brutal as man was torn apart on the battle field. The development of machine has come to the point where the soldier simply operates the tools to win the war, becoming expendable.
The more confident Murrell having just returned to action doesn’t fail in action to lead his crew to certain victory. Before taking an incredible twist that sees the humanity of the soldier return in both sides. Which ever side we fight on, we are still the same inside, maybe one day those who are involved in conflicts today will soon realise this.