Miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 26 and June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.
ActorsStarring: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Bobby Lockwood, Miranda Nolan, Kevin Guthrie, Brian Vernel, Elliott Tittensor, Matthew Marsh, Jochum ten Haaf, Damien Bonnard, Adam Long, Michael Fox, Will Attenborough, James Bloor, Paul Riley Fox, Richard Sanderson, Valiant Michael, Piers Stubbs, Johnny Otto, Jan-Michael Rosner, Brandon Duracher, Samgar Jacobs, Robby Prinsen, Nat Shervington, Simon Ates, Caleb Bailey, Thomas Millet, Constantin Balsan, Aldo Beqiri, Sander Huisman, Callum Blake, Luke Thompson, Crystal Pereyra, Bram Vlot, Calam Lynch, Jack Riddiford, Merlijn Willemsen, Michel Biel, Niels van 't Dek, Nirman Wolf, Tom Gill, Christian Roberts, Nick Vorsselman, Jedediah Jenk, Christian Janner, Bradley Hall, Jack Gover, Davey Jones, Michael Fox, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Adam Long, Kim Hartman, Bill Milner, Eric Richard
Dunkirk is a very different kind of war movie. The dialogue is kept to a minimum, and the visuals and score do all the talking.
The story is well known of course. Early in WWII, the Germans forced French and British troops to the northern French shoreline at Dunkirk. About 400,000 troops are trapped on the beaches waiting for evacuation – which proves very difficult as navy ships have hardly any options to come close enough to shore. In the meantime, German planes bomb the ships, beaches and troops, to such an extent that Churchill admits they can probably not rescue more than 30,000 of them. The British navy decides to employ an armada of local civilian boats from the along the English coastline as they would more likely be able to land on the beaches, but of course they have to cross the channel first and may not make it there in time, if at all.
Director Christopher Nolan lets us experience this piece of history by means of three storylines: one on land, one in the air, and one on the sea. With dialogue being minimal, it is all about the combination of Hoyte van Hoytema’s beautiful visuals and Hans Zimmer’s nerve-wracking score to tell the story. And that works very well.
This movie doesn’t intend to bring a lot of depth in specific characters or events – it is all about the visceral experience created by being thrown in the middle of ‘Dunkirk’ and feeling it. A wonderful feat of filmmaking.