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France in Spring 1940: More than 300,000 Allied soldiers, most of them British, are surrounded by Germans in the city of Dunkirk. Only 40 kilometres from home, the soldiers hope that they can be rescued from the beach by ship. But at the narrow pier there are only a few ships commanded by Marine Commander Bolton (Kenneth Branagh) and support is not in sight. Nevertheless, the young soldiers Timmy (Fionn Whitehead), Alex (Harry Styles) and Gibson (Aneurin Bernardi) try to get on one of the ships. While despair is spreading on the beach of Dunkirk, the hobby sailor Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance) and his son Peter (Tom Glynn-Carney) try to sail with his friend George (Barry Keoghan) to Dunkirk to save as many soldiers as possible in Mr. Dawson's boat. And also from the air comes support: Farrier (Tom Hardy) belongs to a unit of the Royal Air Force, which is to stop the air raids on the beach of Dunkirk in their Spitfires. A merciless fight against time has begun…
It was to be expected that Christopher Nolan would not deliver a typical war movie. But since the second trailer looked rather conventional and didn't necessarily increase the anticipation of the movie, it can be called a surprise with which finesse, elegance and perfection Nolan staged "Dunkirk". He tells the story, based on true events, from three perspectives, each covering a different time span. There are the attempts of the young soldiers, who for a period of one week try to escape from the beach of Dunkirk. At sea, three civilians spend a day trying to make their contribution to saving the soldiers. And in the air, Pilot Farrier fights the enemy for an hour. These three perspectives and time levels are artfully woven into a gripping whole that throws the viewer into the middle of the action from the very first minute and only loosens the tension a little during the very moving finale.
Straight through what Nolan doesn't show, the film is so gripping and thrilling. Shocking war pictures are almost completely dispensed with here. The horror is omnipresent, but nevertheless it is rather blurred in the background or observed from a distance. But in the faces of the protagonists it is reflected in every second. In the case of the film, which is shot in large parts at original locations, dialogues are also rather scarce. But that's hardly noticeable either. Because the breathtaking pictures, the characters' actions and their facial expressions say more than perfectly written dialogues could.
The perfect interplay of editing, camera work and Hans Zimmer's music ensures that the viewer remains extremely tense. When it becomes very emotional towards the end in a really subtle way, this tension is released and you are inclined to shed some unexpected tears. And this despite the fact that Nolan does without the usual clichés and any form of wooden hammer symbolism. "Dunkirk" is in the truest sense of the word quite great cinema, a film that you not only see, but really experience. Christopher Nolan has once again confirmed his reputation as an exceptional director. Without doubt one of the best movies of the year and therefore also: Absolutely worth seeing!!!
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