Dunkirk, a movie review

A movie review written by: Lee Sonogan

1hr46mins(2017) Action, drama, history

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[first lines]

Tommy: [to French soldiers] English! I’m English! Anglais!

Based on true events. Christopher Nolan has created a remake of the 1958 movie of the same name. This movie is about 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. With a budget of $100 million, it made $525.6 million at the box office. The film is a very familiar style how Christopher Nolan makes all his movies. Christopher Nolan directed, produced and wrote the film adaption. In this period piece, many actors can be considered starring in this movie.

The title “Dunkirk” is divided into three segmented colours: sky blue, dark blue, and white, referring to the triple story of air, sea, and land. The screenplay was 76 pages long. In fact, Christopher Nolan originally intended to make an improvised film. A large number of cardboard cut-outs of soldiers were placed along with 1000 extras in order to create the illusion of a huge number of men during the evacuation. The production used 20 ships that were actually used in the real-life evacuation.

Recommended by a friend, it seemed to have potential. Starting to watch it and it started strong and quick. It then quickly got intense with the soundtrack and Christopher Nolan’s type/style of film making. Not much dialog at the start and those first few scenes of the movie were expressive. This movie has a lot of shots filmed with many people in the same shot that are interesting. As the movie continued it seemed to become slower. Mid way it showed long and drawn out scenes with people escaping and British small talk. The ending was predictable and not that impressive compared to everything else in the movie. I recommend this movie to fans of Christopher Nolan and history.

Ps – Credit to acting goes to Cillian Murphy as his role as the names shivering soldier.


Blind Man: Well done, lads. Well done.

Alex: All we did is survive.

Blind Man: That’s enough.

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