Film review by Steve Duffy –
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian, and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.
The film is told in three graphic, exciting, and thrilling parts: land, sea, and air. Although there is not a lot of dialogue or character development, what you do get is a whole lot of great filmmaking. Director Christopher Nolan literally drops you into the action and lets you watch it as it unfolds.
This war movie isn’t about getting to know the characters, it’s about surrendering to the hands of war and watching how these characters are going to survive their terrifying plight.
Watching this you will feel every rattle, drowning, and doom as the infantrymen who are trapped await rescue.
Nolan not only redefined the war movie, but he give us a visual gift with Dunkirk. You should definitely see it in IMAX!
Rating: PG-13 for intense war experience and some language
Runtime: 107 min