'Dunkirk' one of the most powerful films of 2017

"Dunkirk is a rough war movie that truly makes you feel like you've been traumatized by the trials of combat

Dunkirk inspired Winston Churchill's famous, "We shall fight on the beaches", speech, an address that describes reaching for victory, "however long and hard the road may be".

On the surface, Dunkirk doesn't seem like a Christopher Nolan movie. The brief featurette has the trio discussing the value of the realistic sets and rigs that Nolan traditionally creates for his movies in order to make the scenes more immediate. The film centers around a group of British soldiers trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk, France. With nowhere to go, the soldiers were sitting ducks and needed assistance from civilian ships to get to home.

Nolan's ambitious story is told through three perspectives and in three different time lines - land (one week), sea (one day) and air (one hour). By land, it is Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), a teenage squaddie who, at the film's outset, is seen scrambling to the beach through a Dunkirk under heavy fire. Nolan is British, so he was likely taught about Dunkirk like our children learn about the American Revolution. Using his small wooden yacht, he sails across the sea accompanied by his 19-year-old son Peter (Tom Glynn-Carney) and Peter's friend George (Barry Keoghan).

The stars? Tom Hardy, as a Royal Air Force flyer piloting a Supermarine Spitfire against Germans, delivers heroism with little dialogue while wearing a mask the entire film.

The World War II drama
The World War II drama"Dunkirk opens in theaters Friday

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk has already been described as "a masterpiece" and "a glorious, breathtakingly vivid triumph", but we need to be cautious. Since this movie is full on action, we sadly don't get to hear many of this more melodic pieces. He involves us instead in every scene and every disaster and near disaster, so that we feel it - and end up, by the end of the film, drained and exhausted and yet strangely excited, in the way great art is always exciting. I thought Tommy and Mr Dawson were two characters that were kind of fleshed out. Meanwhile, the situation in the cockpit presents a glimpse of the pilots' dilemma. "Maybe not", said Styles when asked if he'd caught the acting bug. The director of "Dunkirk" Nolan loves Imax and he used it Imax for his latest flick a lot.

Dunkirk Review: What starts out as a roughshot film, with unrelated characters, turns into a masterful weaving of the fates of these individuals, for better or for worse.

Talk about restraint. He dials back the score - Hans Zimmer suggesting the constant tick of a time bomb or the incessant roar of a distant plane engine - to emphasize the urgency and peril, and generating nearly unbearable tension.

The film boasts of an ensemble cast of talented actors and everybody play their role to perfection.

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