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1917

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2019
  • Sam Mendes
  • 118 mins
  • 15

Summary

April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Two young soldiers (George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, both excellent) must deliver a life-saving letter to British frontline leaders on 6 April 1917, in this ambitious, thrilling and harrowing First World War odyssey from director Sam Mendes, inspired by his grandfather's experiences. The apparent suicide mission takes the viewer from the stinking British trenches, across a booby-trapped no man's land, through a blitzkrieg-lit night-time chase and into recently occupied German territory, and is shot to give the illusion of being one, long unbroken take by Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins. Although hitting all the familiar "war is hell" targets by way of bracing action and shocking deaths, the battlefront pressures and misery are also vividly portrayed. Dotted along the tensely unpredictable route are terrific cameos from Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch and Richard Madden, who assist in delivering the devastating emotional punches.

Credits

Cast

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Lance Corporal SchofieldGeorge MacKay
Lance Corporal BlakeDean-Charles Chapman
Captain SmithMark Strong
Lieutenant LeslieAndrew Scott
Lieutenant Joseph BlakeRichard Madden
Colonel MacKenzieBenedict Cumberbatch
General ErinmoreColin Firth
Sergeant SandersDaniel Mays
LauriClaire Duburcq
Major HepburnAdrian Scarborough
Private ParryGerran Howell

Crew

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DirectorSam Mendes

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment One
Released on
2020-01-10
Languages
English | German | French
Guidance
strong injury detail, swearing
Formats
Colour

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