Dunkirk (2017)

This film is set from May the 26th to the 4th of June, the year is 1940 and it is about a battle placed in World War II. The Allied forces are evacuating from the beaches of Dunkirk and are cut off and surrounded by the German army. 

Unlike many other war films we have seen, Dunkirk is a rare film that instantly puts you in the centre of the terror that was WWII. Dunkirk gives no introduction to characters; no lengthy, mushy, slow backstories; no history of any solider growing up as a young lad only to one day be in war. This movie is all about the Fierce Battle and Evacuation of many men, shown from three perspectives- Land, Sea and Air. This film also surprised me with its gentle M rating (in Australia). Dunkirk doesn’t focus on the gross blood bath aspect of war, but has a more suspenseful tone. 

It’s no secret that we know the film will be worthy of our time when the director’s name in the trailer credits is none other than “Christopher Nolan”. Nolan, whose resume includes Interstellar, The Dark Knight, Inception & Memento, has earned respect on many occasions, impressing audiences and providing plenty of surprises. This is the 1st time Nolan has directed a war film. Has he succeeded or has he finally hit his first brick wall?

Visually Dunkirk is amazing. From the opening scene alone, viewers will be impressed with the stunning, visual creativity of Nolan’s filmmaking. It didn’t take me long to speak aloud in my cinema, saying the words “oh wow”. Please understand, this film is not trying to impress its audiences by being just another classy action film. The director’s goal here is to put you right in the centre of the situation and this results in an incredibly real motion picture film. This feeling is enhanced by the film using real locations, planes, ships and an outstanding number of extra cast members.

The audio track is applaud worthy. Many key moments including the sea crashing and sudden explosions make you want to cover your own ears in the cinema, just as if you were on the sand yourself or hearing the raw sounds of a plane turning around to fire its gun. Dunkirk deliveries one the strongest surround tracks I have ever seen in a war film. The audio details and mixing is one thing sure, but the musical score by Hans Zimmer is even more breathtaking. Composer Hans Zimmer has been well known for working with Christopher Nolan and delivers another soundtrack that will keep you in suspense and feeling like you’re in a hurry. I noticed very clever use of the sound of a pocket watch during the film’s score, continuing to tick, tick, tick, tick, tick as the men try to move off the beach in a hurry. A simple effect, but successfully adding more tension to the film.

As mentioned before, Dunkirk gives you zero explicit character development and this factor alone could bother some viewers. For me personally, I was aware that this was a film about the event itself and a moment in time and knew what to expect. Going in blindly might have surprised me. Not only that, but this was also a huge risk to take. Because the film is fast-paced, the viewer will need to try and keep up. Like any war situation, the film gives you no time to stop and instead the viewer is given little bits of information along the way. With three different perspectives, the pacing and transitions between perspectives was a little tricky to follow at times. More than once I found myself questioning the film’s timeline and wondering if a scene or character was connected to another at the same time etc, or worse, trying to work out which character we were now following. To be honest this was something minor to me and I feel this will be rectified upon my second viewing. Given the number of actors and talent it was no surprise that it was tricky to keep up. Also, seeing Tom Hardy a supporting role for this film was fantastic.

Overall, Dunkirk is an outstanding film and will be on many people’s top lists of 2017 (including my own). It’s a film that puts it’s audiences right in the middle of it all in with a blink of an eye. Dunkirk deliveries a war story that cannot be forgotten or unseen. It is a movie with a huge list of talented actors all fulfilling key important roles and a film soundtrack that I must own on vinyl. This is an experience you really need to see on the big screen… and do it today.

9.3/10

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The film follows nine best friends who come together to celebrate a five-year high school reunion. The entire group are out camping at night in a forest, allowing us to witness the nine interacting with each other. While the group is having a good time chatting,...

A Violent Separation (2019)

Set in 1983 in a slow and quiet town, the film follows a deputy named Norman Young (Brenton Thwaites). Norman is known as a good man and a good deputy within his local community. On the other hand, his brother, Ray (Ben Robson), is known for general mischief and is...

The Furnace (2020)

Hanif (Ahmed Malek) is an Afghan cameleer who has desires to leave the Australian outback. At the start of the film, we witness a horrific moment in Hanif's life that makes him fed up with his current ways, including his beliefs regarding religion. This tragic moment...

Twist (2021)

Twist (2021) - Movie Review 27th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Based on the well-known novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, here we have a new modern style on the classic tale.  The film introduces us to Oliver Twist (or Twist for short), who grows...

Who is Gatsby Randolph? (2019)

This is not based on a true story; this is a true story. The film introduces us to the legendary Gatsby Randolph through interviews by William Geoffrey, host of the TV show Lifestyles of the Elite & Famous.  William is invited into Gatsby's stunning home not...

Mortal Kombat (2021)

Mortal Kombat (2021) - Movie Review 22nd April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Mortal Kombat (2021) follows Cole (Lewis Tan), an MMA fighter who tries to earn cash by putting on a good show in the ring.  He also fights to make money for his partner and young...

Land (2021)

Land (2021) - Movie Review 21st April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Edee (Robin Wright) is dealing with a significant personal tragedy in the present day. Her sister encourages her to get counselling, which she tries, but nothing helps Edee's wounds and current...

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (2021)

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (2021) - Movie Review 21st April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden The United States Vs Billie Holiday follows the career of the talented jazz singer Billie Holiday.  We witness many highlights from Billie's life, including...

Six Minutes to Midnight (2020)

Based on actual events from the year 1939 and a couple of weeks before WWII begins. A strange event occurs with a teacher working at a German all-girls boarding school, Augusta-Victoria College, Bexhill-on-Sea. The teacher, along with his camera, has vanished without...

El Americano: The Movie (2016)

The film follows a small, male, Mexican parrot named Cuco. Cuco and his family are part of a well-known circus, but Cuco is sick of being in the family business; instead, he would rather become an ultimate crime fighter. When Cuco isn't working with the family circus,...

The Dry (2020)

Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) is a detective located in Melbourne, Australia. He receives word that one of his childhood friends has committed suicide after murdering his family. Aaron returns to his hometown to pay his respects, but what he hoped would be a short visit back...

Willy’s Wonderland (2021)

A stranger is driving along a road when his car breaks down. Upon investigating, he finds spikes were laid on the street, popping all four of his tyres. He accepts a ride with someone who inspects his car, letting him know it will take $1,000 to fix.  Leaving his...

Nobody (2021)

The film opening shows us a stranger locked up in an interrogation room with a small kitty cat.  When questioned as to who he is, he answers that he is, in fact, a Nobody.  We are then shown flashbacks, telling us that the man's name is Hutch (Bob Odenkirk),...

Ascendant (2021)

Ascendant (2021) - Movie Review 14th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden A young woman named Aria Wolf (Charlotte Best) wakes up in an elevator, finding she is tied up and blindfolded. She soon breaks free from her bindings and discovers that she is alone in a...

Gunda (2020)

Gunda is a documentary that examines the daily life of several animals living on a farm. Some of these animals include a large pig, a couple of cows and a one-legged chicken. The film takes its audience on a journey while watching these animals doing various...

Voyagers (2021)

Voyagers (2021) - Movie Review 11th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Based on a novel by Stephen King, The Dead Zone follows Johnny (Christopher Walken), a teacher who is head over heels in love with a woman he hopes to marry in due time. But things go wrong when...

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020)

- Train To Busan Presents: Peninsula - Photo Credit: Jake Jung/Shudder Following on from Train to Busan (released in 2016), the film reminds its viewers of what has happened in Korea after a deadly virus changed the world forever. It has been four years since the...

Shadow in the Cloud (2020)

Set during WWII, Captain Maude Garret (Chloe Grace Moretz) is given urgent orders to hitch a ride on a B-17 bomber plane and a mysterious cargo package to carry. Her orders also include protecting the box and not allowing anyone on board the flight to open it at all...

Run (2020)

The film begins with a patient in the hospital, Diane (Sarah Paulson). Diane has just given birth to a baby girl named Chloe. But as Diane wakes up after giving birth and having an operation, she receives an update from the doctors about her baby, leaving her eager to...

Embryo (2020)

In this film, many mysterious happenings involving extraterrestrials have occurred around Snowdevil Mountain, Chile.  This film introduces one of these bizarre and twisted stories. The leading case we follow is about a young couple, Kevin (Domingo Guzman) and...

Two by Two: Overboard! (2020)

Two by Two: Overboard! (2020) - Movie Review 4th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden A flood has occurred on the Earth, and Noah’s massive Ark is still drifting with every type of animal onboard, including good buddies Finny and Leah. But with the Ark drifting for...

Tom & Jerry (2021)

The epic battle continues between Tom (the cat) and Jerry (the little mouse), this time in a movie based on the well-known cartoon series. After the two's most recent battle, Jerry decides to hide in the famous Royal Gate Hotel, hoping to begin a new life. Naturally,...

Godzilla Vs. Kong (2021)

Continuing from Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019), Godzilla continues to hide from the world, and years have passed. But suddenly, Godzilla comes back to the surface and unexpectedly destroys a massive high-tech company. The world is now in fear as Godzilla makes his...

At Close Range (1986)

Based on a true story. Brad (Sean Penn) is a young man who enjoys doing very little in life other than hanging out with friends, drinking and smoking. He has no interest in getting a job unless he needs to buy something such as a nice car, but otherwise, he is...

The Witches (2020)

The film begins with a narration (surprisingly by Chris Rock), who talks to a group of young kids and warns them about the existence of witches. The film then goes back to the year 1967 and introduces us to a young boy (played by Jahzir Bruno) who sadly lost both of...

Kajillionare (2020)

Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood) lives with her parents Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins).  The family of three are con artists who are willing to do anything and everything to scam and steal at every single opportunity.  You see, Theresa and...

The War with Grandpa (2020)

After getting in trouble at his local supermarket, Grandpa Ed (Robert De Niro) is encouraged by his daughter Sally (Uma Thurman) to move out of his old home and in with his daughter and the rest of the family. Naturally, Grandpa is not overly fond of the idea and...

Hunter Hunter (2020)

We follow a family who lives in a cabin in the wild woods.  Joseph (Devon Sawa), Anne (Camille Sullivan), and Renee (Summer H. Howell) work as fur trappers and are struggling to make ends meet financially. Anne suggests to Joseph they move away from the woods and...

The Reckoning (2020)

A horrible sickness is plaguing the land of England. The Reckoning follows Grace (Charlotte Kirk), who makes the awful discovery that her husband killed himself after becoming sick.  Feeling it was the only way to protect Grace and their child, he left her alone to...

Centigrade (2020)

Inspired by actual events, Centigrade follows Naomi (Genesis Rodriguez), a novelist travelling with her husband Matt (Vincent Piazza). While the two are travelling to Norway for a book tour, they decide to stop their SUV and get some rest.  They also cannot drive...