Dunkirk is a brilliant piece of breath-taking cinema

There is not a film in existence that manages to remain painstakingly tense from the opening moment to the first name in the credits as Dunkirk. It doesn’t contain the most extreme of cinematic moments, but the prolonged use of suspense and apprehension is simply incredible. It’s a drastically intense film and is a genuine marvel for that reason.

1940. After the Nazi’s invasion of France, 400,000 soldiers are trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk awaiting their evacuation. The power of the German forces pushes them back, with every escape route seeming as dangerous as the last.

Dunkirk feels astoundingly real. The physical effects used within the picture are immense. The organisation behind the scenes is so clear from its slick, effortless appearance, with this clearly being a passion of Nolan’s, and again, he has produced a film of near perfection. It is almost as if the scenes from Dunkirk have been recreated to the inch, and in doing so, the sheer power of the event has transcended onto the screen.


This physical and practical impact comes at a time when CGI is so readily available to all features and is not just admirable, but it was the right choice to head down a physical path. This is a serious film with serious intent behind it.

Yet, Dunkirk is not the perfect piece. The script is underdone and even though it sets the tone, it does leave too much to the imagination. There isn’t enough explanation even if the enjoyment value does take over. The characters use what they have well, but a bit more substance to the theatrical elements would have helped massively.

In a world of films failing to meet expectations, Dunkirk has outdone everything else. Thought of before its release as a potential film of the year, it comes out the other end in the conversation for one of the best films of all time. This is a suspense filled, hard hitting drama with a real pride glaring from its wide open camera shots. Dunkirk is a brilliant piece of breath-taking cinema.


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