Film

1917

Director
Sam Mendes
Certificate
15
Running Time
119 mins

With a title like that, this can only be a WWI flick. It’s Sam Mendes‘s first film as director since the Bond movies Skyfall and Spectre and is based on a story told to him by his grandfather.

In what appears to be a suicidal mission, Brit squaddies Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) scurry across enemy territory in northern France in broad daylight to deliver a message that could save hundreds of British lives. Just to make the stakes a little higher, Blake’s brother is likely to be among the casualties if their warning about an imminent ambush doesn’t get through. Something of a WWI counterpart to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, this tense thriller unfolds in real time in a single, uninterrupted shot by ace DP Roger Deakins. Watch out for Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch as the brass. Go here for our full review.

By robin askew, Friday, Dec 13 2019

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