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Hell Below 2016

  • 2016-12-18T21:00:00-05:00s at 2016-12-18T21:00:00-05:00 on Smithsonian Channel
  • 2016-07-17T00:00:00-07:00
  • 60 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins
  • Canada
  • English
  • Documentary
Hell Below is an event-based series charting the stealth game of subsea warfare, tracking the dramatic narrative from contact to attack of the greatest submarine patrols of World War II. From the rise of the Wolfpack to the drive for victory in the Pacific, we profile the strategic masterminds and the rapid evolution of technology and tactics, as the threat of undersea warfare brings every sailor’s worst nightmare to life. Expert analysis and stock footage are woven with narrative driven re-enactments filmed on authentic Second World War era submarines to place the characters at the heart of the action.

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In terms of information/content this is OK. Of course there are no eyewitnesses in a WWII docu today which is made up by naval experts and historians. That´s fine, too. I´ve never been a huge friend of reenactment documentarys and with almost a total lack of original footage this fully relies on it. And it´s not even made that well. And one other thing, I´m OK with low CGI, after all it just needs to give you a certain degree of detail. Would have been nice though if they had a few more different shots - f.e. they use one torpedo hit over and over again.
So, worth watching ? Yes. But not that great in total.

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