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Dunkirk

  • War
  • Drama
  • 2017
  • Christopher Nolan
  • 102 mins
  • 12

Summary

Second World War drama starring Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh. During the 1940 British evacuation at Dunkirk, three individuals each fight to survive. As young soldier Tommy waits to escape the wartorn beach, a civilian sailor from Weymouth aids in the rescue efforts, while a Spitfire pilot provides air support and gains a singular perspective on the hardship taking place below.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Following fantastic trips to the dreamscape (Inception) and outer space (Interstellar), director Christopher Nolan takes on British wartime history with this tour-de-force treatment of the miracle of Dunkirk. The 1958 film of the same name is a rousing tribute to the ordinary folk who sailed their small boats across the Channel to rescue Allied forces trapped on the beaches by the German army. Nolan's utterly immersive epic plunges the viewer into a three-pronged story that unfolds on land, sea and air with the life-and-death ordeals of teenage soldier Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) and his comrades (One Direction's Harry Styles, among them) dovetailing with those of Mark Rylance's quietly determined boat owner and Tom Hardy's resolute Spitfire pilot. Their exploits coalesce into a race-against-time tale of survival that puts the audience in the boots of soldiers under fire, the bowels of capsizing ships and a Spitfire cockpit during dizzying aerial dogfights. Nolan strips down the war picture, leaving out subplots and faux heroism, and extracts drama and emotion from nerve-shredding suspense, authentic visuals, elemental spectacle, superb sound and a magnificent score from Hans Zimmer, providing a pulsating heartbeat to the on-screen action. Dunkirk the event may have been "a colossal military disaster" according to Churchill, but Dunkirk the movie is a glorious, breathtaking triumph from a director at the top of his game.

Credits

Cast

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FarrierTom Hardy
Mr DawsonMark Rylance
Commander BoltonKenneth Branagh
TommyFionn Whitehead
PeterTom Glynn-Carney
CollinsJack Lowden
Shivering soldierCillian Murphy
Colonel WinnantJames D'Arcy
GibsonAneurin Barnard
AlexHarry Styles
GeorgeBarry Keoghan
Second LieutenantWill Attenborough
Lone privateBill Milner
HighlanderElliott Tittensor

Crew

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DirectorChristopher Nolan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2017-07-21
Languages
English | German | French
Guidance
Swearing, some violence
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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