The soldier on the beach tells the captain: ‘The tide is turning’.
Captain: ‘How can you tell?’
Soldier: ‘ Cos the dead bodies are floating back’
This dialogue sums up the chilling mood of the movie – ‘Dunkirk’- A WW2 movie in May 1940 when about 400,000 British and French soldiers were stranded at the Dunkirk sea and were evacuated despite firing from the German planes. This movie becomes more relevant in recent times when mankind seems to have forgotten the world wars in the last century and several countries have started war-mongering games.
The actors really don’t matter here. The characters do. There is a young British soldier who teams up with 2 more and tries to smartly maneuver and jump the queue for rescue. There is a fighter pilot flying the spitfires who along with his battalion is on a mission to bring down the enemy planes. A sailor, who along with his son and another friend, joins the civilian armada to rescue the stranded soldiers. And the naval admiral who is supervising the operations based on orders sent by Winston Churchill.
Christopher Nolan’s (Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar, Memento) first non-fantasy movie is his best so far. Along with Hans Zimmer who supports him well with music, he weaves a tale of sorrow, heroism, hope, glory, friendship, fatherhood, survival- all within a span of 2 hours. Camerawork from Hoyte takes you up close to the soldiers and the civilians to give you a personal account on how everything unfolded on that fateful day. For once, there is no romance behind the scenes; in fact there is not a single woman character!!! It is hard core and blunt story telling that makes a mark and leaves you questioning life and war. You don’t even need a VR to get immersed in to the story.
Watch it in Imax and get transported back in time to one of the most controversial wars in history that affected the whole world.