Sunday, August 6, 2017

Movie No. 42 (2017): DUNKIRK

Dunkirk (2017)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Brannagh, Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles

I'm not familiar with the story the film is based from. So I'm judging Dunkirk based on the narrative and other aspects of the movie, not on its the historical accuracy.

The Allied Forces are stuck in the French City of Dunkirk. The French and UK rescue vessels race against time to evacuate the the men as the Nazi forces approach to takeover Dunkirk. The movie dramatizes the harrowing and agonizing wait. And then comes the final scene that can probably shock unprepared audience. 

There narrative is noticeably inventive. Dialogues are scant. Visual essays are enough to convey a point. The editing, while dizzying at some point, is justified if only to give the viewers the total experience of "being there." Random shots are fired from unseen enemy forces in the direction of scurrying troop - scenes that are reminiscent of Terence Malick's The Thin Red Line. 

In my opinion, Dunkirk will go down in history as one of the greatest war movies ever made, in the  same league of Saving Private Ryan.

Rating: 4.0/4.0

Date seen: July 29, 2017

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