During WWII, the USS Indianapolis was regarded as one of the fastest ships in the US Navy. Commanded by Captain Charles Butler McVay III, the ship's crew fought in every major US campaign in the Pacific. In 1945, they are given the mission of transporting a new secret weapon to Guam and because of the secrecy, they are not given the usual fleet of destroyers as an escort. After a successful mission, they are on their way to an island for further training when a surprise attack by a Japanese submarine and the ship goes down within twelve minutes. 900 of the 1,200 men onboard survive and wait in the water for their rescue, but by morning they are surrounded by sharks who are killing them one by one. When the ship doesn’t arrive at its destination, it is considered a low priority problem, and as the men’s chance of survival grows more hopeless they have only their will to live to depend on.
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