Dunkirk Reviewed

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'Dunkirk', Christopher Nolan’s 10th film in the Director’s chair, is an epic, visually stunning, triumph.
A sombre masterpiece quite rightly dedicated to all the people affected by the battle of Dunkirk.

'Dunkirk' is breaking new ground in the soundtrack arena as well as with the sound design of the film. Hans Zimmer’s astonishingly unique score effectively heightens tension throughout the movie, with the judicious use of a metronomic ticking reinforcing the sense of time being absolutely crucial.

'Dunkirk' follows three interlocking narratives - Land, Sea and Air - spanning three time periods of One Hour, One Day and One Week.

On Land, we follow young Squaddie Tommy (played by Fionn Whitehead) who is desperately trying to escape the hostile streets of Dunkirk and head to the beach in search of rescue, labouring under heavy fire all along the way. Upon finally reaching the beach, he finds himself among Hundreds of Thousands of stranded British and French soldiers, all waiting to be saved.



On Air, we follow RAF pilot Farrier (played by Tom Hardy) and two other pilots, one of whom is Collins (played by Jack Lowden). The three pilots are busy engaging with the enemy while also trying to calculate how much fuel they will need to remain airborne and in action.

On Sea, we follow Commander Bolton (played by Kenneth Branagh) scanning the horizon for signs of British rescue ships. In England we follow a father, Mr. Dawson (played by Mark Rylance), and his two sons Peter (played by Tom Glynn-Carney) and George (played by Barry Keoghan) who take their little cruiser to join the 'people’s armada', along the way rescuing a shell shocked and traumatised soldier (played by Cillian Murphy).

Other noteworthy performances include Colonel Winnant (played by James D’Arcy), a solider named Alex (played by Harry Styles) encountered by Squaddie Tommy along his journey. The Legendary Michael Caine even makes a cameo as the Radio Communication voice.



The superb direction, writing, acting, cinematography and score truly are a film making master class in how a summer blockbuster can be achieved with the highest possible standards of story telling.

'Dunkirk 'is principally a character study showing just how much people can endure under immense pressure, depicting the bravery, empathy and kindness of people in a time of intense conflict without any of the clichéd over the top heroics one has come to expect from a ‘war’ film.

I think in all honesty, that 'Dunkirk' is one of the greatest war films ever made and quite possibly the best film to be released so far in 2017. Christopher Nolan’s use of IMAX cameras is, once again, a triumph and rigorously asserts that the film should be seen on the largest screen possible and in turn demands that Zimmer’s amazing and memorable soundtrack be heard as loudly as possible.

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