Writer/Producer/Director Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is an amazing work of cinema on all levels.
The British army’s attempt to evacuate 400,000 soldiers from the Belgium coast as the German army advances against them during World War II weaves concurrent stories of the beach, the sea and the air, each with its own main characters with brilliant performances by Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Fionn Whithead and Cillian Murphy.
The plot is escape and the action is relentless, blending heroism with cowardness, dastardly deeds, suffering and kindness.
While this film shows the horror of war and presents the shocking truth, it does not attempt to be so gross as to limit its audience.
We are swept along with the pace set by Editor Lee Smith and the superb music provided by Composer Hans Zimmer…all under the masterful direction of Christopher Nolan.
Its only flaw is that some of the lines are not audible enough to be understood. But, even this does not deter from its power.
I give Dunkirk a 4.7 out of 5.