In 1945, the Portland-class cruiser USS Indianapolis, commanded by Captain Charles McVay (Nicolas Cage), delivers parts of the atomic bomb that would later be used to level Hiroshima during the ending of World War II. While patrolling the Philippine Sea, on July 30, 1945, the ship is torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine, taking 300 crewmen with it to the bottom of the Philippine Sea, while the rest climb out of the ship and are left stranded at sea for five days without food, water and left among shark-infested waters.
Without any hope for five days, most of the crew are eaten by sharks or die of salt-water poisoning by drinking sea water. On the 5th day, the crew are rescued by an airplane pilot who spots them by chance and calls for a rescue. Only 317 survive the disaster. Looking for a scapegoat for their own negligence, the navy court-martials and convicts Captain McVay for “hazarding his ship by failing to zigzag” despite overwhelming evidence supporting McVay.
I have waited a long time to see this film ,I first became aware of this horrible incident during a viewing of the film “JAWS ” the seminal 1975 film about sharks attacks off of the New England coast . The character of Quint retold the story of the USS Indianapolis in what has become a legendary scene in movie history . The film is a start realistic recounting of the incident and the aftermath of the governments need to blame an innocent man.The cast did a fine job with Cage in the lead . The talents of Tom Sizemore and many others round out the cast .One of my favorite actors turned director Mario Van Peebles did a great job with such a sensitive subject . The movie is available for viewing now on various outlets and we highly suggest it is definitely worth the time .I give it 3 stars out of 5