There's not much to say in favour of this movie, except maybe that it makes a brave effort with a weak script and a small budget. The plot is too simple and straightforward, there's absolutely no action until the final 15 minutes or so, naval and air force scenes are low-quality models, most the entire film is taken up with some rather hokey conflicts between characters, the music is often too overblown for the action. The Germans are completely inept; for a port that can service one of the largest warships in the German navy, it seems undermanned and disorganized. When the action does come, there seems no objective to any of it; soldiers from both sides are constantly popping up left and right from behind cover and mowing down a few enemies before being mowed down themselves. What was the plan of this operation, anyway? To drive a ship rigged with explosives into the port and blow up the facilities. Sure, that's clear enough. But what are all those soldiers doing running this way and that way, shooting in every possible direction with no discernible purpose to it? They seemed to be aiming at some objective or other - they did keep running, after all - but what were they trying to do besides kill whatever Germans they ran across? I had some hope for the movie, but it was worse than I anticipated. And by the way, was there any point in having Lloyd Bridges play a Canadian? His wife and son spoke with British accents. Was he made Canadian just so that dear old Lloyd wouldn't have to fake a British accent?
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