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Review: Dunkirk (2017)

Official Synopsis:

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Nolan's latest directorial effort, Dunkirk, is a war film told in three perspectives by land (mole), sea, and air. Although lacking in character development, Dunkirk masterfully captures and portrays the horrors of war and the desperation of the stranded troops in the Dunkirk evacuation. It might be hard to care for the characters since you never really get to know them but what you do get instead is a sense of the heroism and sacrifices of the British soldiers and civilians as a whole. The aerial dogfight scenes were easily some of the best and most realistic that we've seen. The cinematography was stunning. In truth, the sound effects were a bit jarring and you might leave the theater with a mild form of PTSD but Hans Zimmer's score really shines through to build the intensity of important moments and helps the audience make sense of everything else happening on screen. Within all the desperation and confusion, when everything comes together at the end, you do get a very unique and beautiful war film.

Please listen to our podcast (Episode 2; available on iTunes and PodOmatic) and YouTube channel for an in-depth review and discussion!

Our Rating:

Danny: 7/10

Swin: 9/10

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for war violence, language, suggestive material, and thematic elements

Runtime: 106 min

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