By Matt O.
Does everyone remember Robert Shaw's character Quinn in Jaws in the famous scene describing old injuries from a terrible shark attack with Hooper (Richard Dreyfus) below deck on the Orca? Well that story the character tells in Jaws is based on an epic true story. This is the film that tells that true story!
Director Mario Van Peebles has finally brought the tragic and harrowing true story of the USS: INDIANAPOLIS to the big-screen. The film stars the great Nicolas Cage as the Captain of the doomed ship along with Thomas Jane, and Tom Sizemore.
The film looks okay at best and should probably be seen, just for Nicolas Cage's performance, you never know when you gonna get a classic performance from him. Plus the fact that it's based on one crazy true story. I'm a sucker for B-Movies, so I'll definitely be checking this one out.
Check out the trailer below and then sound off in the comments with your thoughts.
Here's the official really, really long synopsis:
"Throughout WWII, the USS INDIANAPOLIS was known as one of the fastest ships in the entire US Navy. Under the command of CAPTAIN MCVAY (Nicolas Cage), its crew fought bravely in every major US campaign in the Pacific. As President Truman negotiates Germany’s surrender, he gives McVay a new mission. The US Government has developed a secret weapon, which McVay and his crew are to transport to Guam.
The mission goes off without a hitch, and McVay is ordered to take the crew to an island in the Pacific where the men are to report for training. But along the way, disaster strikes. A Japanese submarine under the leadership of COMMANDER HASHIMOTO surprises the Indianapolis and launches several torpedoes into the great ship.
In only twelve minutes, the ship goes down. Of the 1,200 men onboard, only 900 survive the sinking. They wait in the water, believing that their rescue is imminent. When day breaks, the weather turns unbearably hot. Thirst and hunger set in. And the attacks begin.
Hundreds of sharks surround the men and attack without mercy or provocation. After the first attacks, the sharks retreat, but continue to circle the men hungrily.
The Japanese military, on its last legs, celebrates the sinking of the Indianapolis as proof that they might mount a comeback against the US forces. Hashimoto is hailed as a hero. But he secretly wonders why the Indianapolis was so vulnerable. What’s more, he grows more and more disillusioned with the Japanese government’s refusal to believe US claims of a secret weapon that will decimate the Japanese population.
After several days in the water, the men start to lose hope. Overwhelmed with thirst, many begin to hallucinate. Marks continues to pressure the Navy, but to no avail. As the days mount up, and more and more men die, the survivors find a new determination to survive.
But will their sheer will be enough?"
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage is set to hit select theaters on May 27th.