The Ship of no Return: The Last Voyage of the Gustloff DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 7.8
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 7.0
Total 7.8
Distributor: Madman
Running Time:
Classification: MA15+
Reviewer:
Kyle Sudukis

7.8


The Ship of no Return: The Last Voyage of the Gustloff

Based on a true story, The Ship of no Return: The Last Voyage of the Gustloff takes place in 1945 where a passenger ship from Gotenhafen is sunk in the middle of the ocean. Dubbed as the worldís greatest naval disaster, this ship was carrying more than 10,000 people and only 1 in 10 people survived.

Not only was the ship carrying civilians, it was also carrying German soldiers who were escaping the Russians. Although this was a passenger ship, itís purpose was to ferry people out of the war as the refugees were littered throughout the ship which was in blight contrast with the military officials aboard who saw this ship as a cruise ship.

In terms of drama, the director successfully manages to create an interesting tale as he highlights a variety of people onboard the ship, whether itís the civilian captain trying to hold control of his ship, the innocent refugees or the German military.

Of course some artistic liberty was used in reference to the characters onboard, however itís still a true story that is quite dark and depressing. The movie itself is frightfully very long at times and can be a little dull and lacklustre, however it successfully recreates this tragedy without laying blame on one person or another.

The disc also contains a documentary that accurately informs the viewer about what actually happened and where the Gustloff lies today in Polish waters. A very moving film with good video and audio quality.






 
 



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