Movie Review: Dunkirk

Claire Lawrence, Staff Reporter

The movie Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan, is a thrill setting, dramatic war film that takes place during World War II and follows soldiers that participated in the Dunkirk evacuation. The camera follows actions taking place on the air, on the land  and in the sea. Cast members include Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles and Aneurin Barnard. 

The movie doesn’t have any main characters and doesn’t center the focus on just on person, which is unique. It portrays the real life struggle soldiers at Dunkirk faced trying to escape while being attacked. There isn’t a lot of speech or dialogue, for the movie was made to be focused on the cinematography and music rather than character development and personal stories. It delivered an overall plot line. By the end of the film, the towns people went out on personal ships to help save the soldiers that were trying to escape after colonels and generals of the French and British army discovered there’s not enough time or space to save everyone. The survivors expect the public to shame them when they come home for their work when in reality, they receive phrase and a hero’s welcome.

This film received a 8.2 on IMDB and had 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Many aspects helped create these reviews, but a big main one was the soundtrack. Hans Zimmer worked on the score months before they began filming. There are 11 main tracks to the pictures soundtrack, all very different and very innovating, but the one thing that stuck out to me when I watched this movie, was the (almost) constant ticking noise in the background. Some might say that it represents a ticking time bomb that symbolizes the fact that the soldiers are running out of time. It definitely added tension and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Another unique feature the film had was its non-linear plot line. I got the message, yes, but it took watching it a second time to fully understand what was happening. At first it’s confusing, with all the switching settings and places, but then it began to show scenes at both night and day. Toward the end, it becomes slightly clearer that the story isn’t exactly going in order.

The main reason I wanted to see the movie in the first place was because of the familiar actors I knew. As I read further into the story line, I became amazed with the idea of somebody creating such a fresh and groundbreaking film. The first time watching it in thereat was an experience like no other. Although the movie is no longer playing at theaters, it will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray Dec.19. If you are looking for a film to give you the chills, this one will get the job done.