Dunkirk (2017)

Plot: In 1940 thousands and thousands of troops were trapped on the beach of Dunkirk. 330, 000 troops were eventually evacuated.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphey, Harry Styles, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden, James D’Arcy, Bobby Lockwood.

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My body was tensed for the whole duration of the film. I also think I had goose bumps for the entire time and I kept getting a shiver down my spine. That’s how you know you’re watching a sensational film. When it actually has an effect on your body. Christopher Nolan is a fantastic auteur director and he pulls off a war epic that hits you right in the feels.

The whole entire cast was outstanding. Honestly, this is a film you need to see at the cinema. What’s absolutely shocking is how young the British troops were. It’s horrible to even think about how young people going off to fight in the war were or anyone of any age, for that matter. Watching it on the big screen just shows you how unbelievable scary it must have been to be right there on the front line. Bombs were dropping from everywhere and there was nowhere to hide. It was absolutely harrowing.

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There were different timelines within the film that are separated and explained right at the start of the film with a small piece of text. You have the main protagonist who’s timeline runs for one whole week. You have Mr Dawson and his teenage son on the boat travelling to Dunkirk to help anyone they can and their timeline is one day. Then you have the air force whose timeline runs for one hour. It may sound confusing but it’s not. These timelines run simultaneously and all join up at the end of the film.

Even though the film was co produced with the USA, it does not feel like an American film. It’s fantastically British with an all star British cast. One of the things I love about the casting is that they were all British actors. The film has minimal dialogue with a beautiful sound score. The fact it wasn’t all talking throughout the film made it much more real. All you seem to hear is gunfire, explosions, cries for help. The sense of realism in the film was extraordinary. It captures so much horror at such an intimate distance.

Phenomenal! 

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