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Movie Review: Dunkirk

Dunkirk is the latest film from director Christopher Nolan.  It tells the story of 400,000 soldiers who were driven into the town of Dunkirk, on the northern coast of France by German tanks in 1940.  The film is the story of their rescue.

This is a difficult film to talk about.  Not only because it is a war film, but because Nolan is telling this story in a non-linear fashion.  He uses 3 different points of view.  The stories overlap in many places and at first I was confused.  I also did not like it when Nolan increased the volume of the soundtrack so the dialogue of the actors is drowned out by the music.  Of course there is not much dialogue to drown out.

I do realize though that Nolan is using these conventions to confuse the audience on purpose.  He does it to make us feel more like we are one of the soldiers in the story and it is this fact that makes this film so incredible.  On the one hand I dislike the story telling and the audio but on the other hand I understand why it was done and it hits that mark.  You will want to pay attention during this film.

Being a war film there is much violence.  Soldiers are shot and die from enemy fire and bombs.  Ships are bombed with people on board.  People are burned by an oil fire on the water.  Planes are shot down and crash.  One civilian passes away on his way to assist the soldiers.  Torpedoes are launched and hit a boat.  Soldiers below deck in a boat are fired upon from the outside.  Bodies are seen floating in the water.

Despite not liking the storytelling I am giving Dunkirk an A- for making me feel a part of the story. 

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