Petersen makes us feel every drop of sweat, the metallic coldness and claustrophobia of the sub, the chaos and screaming it can suddenly erupt into at any moment. As a result of that, Das Boot is patiently paced, yet always commanding and gripping. I swear you can almost taste the stink at times, and that's damn good filmmaking. The party scene deserves a lot of credit too, great way to open the film.
A true feat in cinematic realism and beauty -- the ability of Peterson to create the atmosphere of claustrophobia, fear and uneasiness through the use of lighting, camera-work and excellent casting is unrivaled among other contemporary films. The performances are truly breathtaking. The film unveils and is compelling at every moment just like a well-executed film should be. A true work of art. ¡Bravo!