Sky have re-made this classic. Watched the first episode and..... so far so very, very good!
Good cast, good feel to the production- the Germans talk German - and the story is not a simple re-hash of the original. There is a French resistance 'thing' seemingly going on too.
Really looking forward to the rest of this - and a second series is apparently in the offing
Well I got through all 8 episodes of the first series. A bit of a mixed bag really.
Firstly, this is nothing like the original version - which is good because it would be incredibly difficult to match that, let alone top it.
So probably the best way to approach it is to ignore the title and just look at it as a WWII yarn set in occupied France. I think there was probably a 50/50 split, give or take, between the u-boat action and the action on terra firma.
The u-boat sequences were done well enough, although the actual storyline probably won't please the purists. Annoyingly the storyline takes the route so many (especially latter day) war films take and have too much in-fighting between the crew. I find this formulaic and often totally uninteresting.
The action on land is okay - although the storyline is a little simple and one or two scenes appear fanciful. I get the feeling that the story telling could have been made much more tense than was the case - I felt the suspense was missing and we are talking about the Gestapo here and a good old fashioned cat and mouse scenario so should not have been difficult to do.
But taken on its own, without any comparisons with the original, was this worth watching? Yes I think so, and certainly worth a second series.
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