Dunkirk

Dunkirk

DVD - 2017
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A World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for intense war experience and some language.

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bansidthe
Feb 21, 2018

Terse yes but it did "speak" to the situation as I could imagine it. It was ultimately enjoyable for us.

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NurseChocolate
Feb 21, 2018

(user quote) - "To each their own. Everybody is a critic."

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mr_chocolate
Feb 21, 2018

Since this is based upon real events, Christoper Nolan directed film puts you primarily on the beach, where there are an estimated 300,000 British and 100, 000 French trapped soldiers; in the air where a few British Spitfires are doing battle with a few German Messerschmits and a Heinkel planes; and then on sea, where British private boats are attempting to come to the rescue, as the military vessels are under threat of being bombed and are too big to get close to the beaches.
This film does give the viewer a sense of the desperation and fear that the men must have felt, as they were at the mercy of the Germans, while being trapped on the beach at Dunkirk France, with Britain, only an hour away by plane.
Not a perfect film, but a good attempt in bringing the viewer to the war, without all of the gore and blood, that one would expect, as have been in other decent war films.
The second disc of special features, does provide valued interviews with the director, actors and other people important in making of the film. It shows you how they had decided to film on Dunkirk, rather than some other location, and how important it was for the writer/director, to get as much authenticity as possible.
As difficult and cumbersome as was to do so, the film was shot using up to 70% of the film with IMAX large format camera, for the feel of the film, mixed with some CGI.

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TheeAvebury
Feb 20, 2018

I have watched virtually every WWII film ever made, but have never seen as an original masterpiece as Dunkirk. Those who are familiar with the history of the evacuation of the British army from the French beaches of Dunkirk in 1940 may have seen the past dry/unremarkable film and documentary versions recounting this event.This film is a complete 180 degree turn in both the visual and very intense soundtrack experience. The scenes in which we see the Spitfire pilot(s) in the cockpit and their unique aerial perspective(s) are poignant and memorable, to say the very least, even after several months since seeing the film. While most films present a 2 dimensional 'watching from a distance' experience, Dunkirk puts the viewer on the beach and in the cockpit of that Spitfire with the feeling of being a first-person participant. The result is a refreshingly unique take on a 'been-there-done-that' subject, and done in a way unmatched in modern war film history. The subtle cinematic nuances that continue throughout this film are simply icing on an already well crafted cake.

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Maoisdead
Feb 19, 2018

Masterful visual storytelling on an epic scale.

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NFN
Feb 19, 2018

Repetitive, farfetched, and with minimal plot and character development, this seems less like a movie than rough footage for a concept that wasn't fully executed.

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VonHafenstaaad
Feb 15, 2018

This was an excellent movie that leaves you with a deeper appreciation of history and of its many heroes. We highly recommend it. It is neither sensationalized or overstated.

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Calvacade
Feb 15, 2018

The fact that the enemy is not seen until the final moments of this film says a great deal about what it sets out to achieve. It's not about glory in combat, brothers in arms, or grit in the face of enemy fire: it's about standing up and continuing to fight after a colossal defeat. It's about ordinary tea-drinking and jam-on-toast eating Englishmen surviving to return home and offer the worlds best hope against the Nazis while the rest waited and hoped that it was all a bad dream. On the first viewing, I liked this film. On second and subsequent viewings I have grown to love it. The soundtrack, sense of impending doom, and visual splendor combine to produce a masterpiece depicting the struggle at sea and in the air to save those that fought on the land in the opening (and often untold) salvos of the Second World War. Watch it and you wont be disappointed!

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davidbsmith
Feb 11, 2018

I agree with the postings below. What a disappointment. This was a horribly conceived concoction. The movie was founded on sensationalist approaches that one supposes were supposed to engage the viewer - how many times do we have to see a near drowning? The absence of plot points or any crafted dialog was perhaps an artistic touch, if so, I missed it. A dreadful bag of predictable cliches, viz the pilots running low on fuel, the staunch British admirable played horribly by Kenneth Brenaugh. Speaking of which, why all the close ups on actors faces? Were we supposedly sympathizing with them?
Most overrated movie since "The Hobbit."

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MartineVK
Feb 10, 2018

Like so many people here and on IMDB, I was surprised and disappointed by this film. It is not what the publicity lead us to believe it would be. I'm not into action films or blockbusters, but this was supposed to cost $150m and I, like many others, can't see where they spent it. Not on extras or CGI that's for sure. The beach looks to have only about one thousand men. There were 400,000 men waiting for evacuation. There looks to be only one guy playing a wounded man on a stretcher. Literally ONE guy. The buildings look newer than 1940 and the train the men get into after making it back home, is from the 1980s.

There is very little dialogue. As someone who loathes Terrence Malick's films without scripts, if I had known this, I would never have bothered with this "film." There is also no backstory. I'll be going to the BBC documentary on Dunkirk to get that info. There are no characters to care about. Oh and Tom Hardy does a Steve McQueen in The Great Escape type thing at the end. I guess when you're a star, they have to let you play the hero.

Don't bother with this film, unless you want to be frustrated, bored and irritated. (Some reviews below and on IMDB are much more eloquent than me in stating how much of a failure this film is. Read them if you are inclined.)

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reginator_22
Jan 30, 2018

Blind Man: Well done, lads. Well done.

Alex: All we did is survive.

Blind Man: That's enough.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

He didn't kill anyone. He was just looking for a way off the sand, like the rest of us.
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Where's the bloody air force?
-The navy's requisitioned her.
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No French soldiers. No French soldiers. No. No, no French. English only. English only past this point. No. It's a British ship. No, you have your own ships.
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Dunkirk's so far. Why can't they just load at Calais?
-The enemy had something to say about it.
Ah, down here we're sitting ducks.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

Colonel, you're gonna have to decide how many more wounded to evacuate. One stretcher takes the space of seven standing men.
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What about the French?
-Publicly, Churchill's told them, "Bras dessous." Arm in arm, leaving together.
And privately?
-We need our army back.
How many men are they talking about, sir?
-Churchill wants 30,000. Ramsay's hoping we can give him 45.
There are 400,000 men on this beach, sir.
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He feels safer on deck. You would too if you'd been bombed.
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What's wrong with your friend?
-He's looking for a quick way out. In case we go down.

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A bloody frog. A cowardly little queue-jumping frog.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

As soon as he pokes his head out, they'll slaughter him.
-Better him than me.
It's not fair.
- Survival's not fair. No, it's shit. It's fear, and it's greed. Fate pushed through the bowels of men.
Shit. He saved our lives.
-And he's about to do it again.
No, don't! Stop!
-Somebody's gotta get off, so the rest of us can live. If you wanna volunteer...
Fxck no. I'm going home. And if this is the price? I'll live with it. But it's wrong.
-Go on!
One man's not going to make enough difference.
-You'd best hope it does, because you'd be volunteering next.
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You're RAF?
-No. Not me. My brother. He flew Hurricanes. Died third week into the war.
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Well done. Well done, lads. Well done.
-All we did is survive.
That's enough.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

Part 1 of 2 -- Ending voice over of Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 4 June 1940:
"Wars are not won by evacuations. But there was a victory inside this deliverance, which should be noted. Our thankfulness at the escape of our army must not blind us to the fact that what has happened in France and Belgium is a colossal military disaster. We must expect another blow to be struck almost immediately. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France. We shall fight on the seas and oceans. We shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island whatever the cost... "

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

Part 2 of 2 -- Ending voice over of Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 4 June 1940:
"We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets. We shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender. And even if this island or a large part of it were subjugated and staring, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old."

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reginator_22
Feb 14, 2018

Violence: War violence, gun violence.

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AMerr22
Oct 17, 2017

Violence: Its a PG-13 war movie so there's some violence, but nothing to bad.

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AMerr22
Oct 17, 2017

AMerr22 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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