Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk was released on July 21st, 2017, and is described as a drama/thriller. If I had to describe this film with one word, then it would be “suspenseful.” We do get sprinkles of some action as well in order to create a compelling story about the historic event that took place during World War 2.
We are introduced to some soldiers on the road in a town who are taking some time for themselves to regroup. Some in the group of six were enjoying the scenery, which ends abruptly with the sound of gunfire. The soldiers begin to panic and attempt to flee. Only one escapes and he finds himself on a beach where other allied troops are trying to evacuate the area to escape from Germans reaching them.
We follow this man’s story, but we do get to see a pilot, a lieutenant, and a sailor and their perspective during the event. The objective is to evacuate as many Allied troops as possible, but there are so many boats and vessels available. While the soldiers are getting evacuated, there is gunfire and enemy planes shooting and killing people. There is also a moment where there is a possible mole in the group of Allied soldiers.
Overall, I really enjoyed this film. After overcoming the confusion as to what was going on, I was able to look at the story of these few main characters and appreciate what everyone went through during Dunkirk in World War 2. This war film is very different from other World War 2 films I’ve seen. I would compare it to the movie Valkyrie because it’s not centered around action, but it’s more about the struggles of the Allied soldiers escaping Dunkirk and trying to help each other to survive and escape.
Final score: 8.5/10
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