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The Unspoken Emotions of Dunkirk


Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. Picture’s recent release Dunkirk delivers an intense, yet beautiful story of war.  Writer and director Nolan delivers bomb fragments of dialogue, while shooting audiences with a machine gun of facial expressions and a platoon of sound mixing to depict a journey for survival.

Nolan establishes the primary antagonist in a shot with actor Harry Styles and his newly deceased fellow soldiers with a wide shot behind the young British military man.  Actors Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy appear soon after to converge on Dunkirk.  After more than 90 minutes of an emotion sprint of an obstacle course on sand, the civilians accomplish their mission to evacuate the soldiers.  Once the credits roll, the human heart slows down from a cinematic treat that utilizes cinematic history to tell history.

Dunkirk Synopsis:  “In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.”

Production Info:

Release date: July 21, 2017 (USA)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Music composed by: Hans Zimmer
Budget: 100 million USD
Screenplay: Christopher Nolan

Critic Review Excerpts:

Christopher Nolan revisits a harrowing story of survival and resistance in World War II with skill and craft. Full review

Manohla Dargis
The NYTimes
“Dunkirk” isn’t comfortable to watch; it never relents or relaxes. At the same time, it’s impossible to look away from it. Full review

Michael O’Sullivan
Washington Post
Christopher Nolan’s first history movie is bold, visceral, and powerful, with many moving sequences — though some of his filmmaking choices can be challenging. Full review

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
Somewhere inside the mess that is Dunkirk is a terrific linear movie.Full review

David Edelstein

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