Christopher Nolan is one of the most versatile moviemakers of our age, his work is different and fans need to enter the cinema halls with their brains to understand what is going on in the movie. Nolan is usually known for making movies that extend 2 hours but his recent movie, Dunkirk, is just 1 hours and 45 minutes long. The movie is about the historical event following the World War 2 when the German forces pushed the French and British forces to the seaside city of Dunkirk.
The movie starts with a chasing scene where 6 French soldiers march their way towards the camps trying to find their armed forces as the army has decided to evacuate the area. While searching for cigarette and water, the French boys face a sudden attack from the opposing army men who kill 5 boys except 1 who escaped and managed to reach the shore of Dunkirk where more than 400,000 soldiers wait for the navy seals to provide means for returning back to home. The priority is given to British soldiers and the wounded men as the first large vessel belonged to the British forces.
The movie covers 3 mains areas of the storyline, the shore of Dunkirk, the air mode of attack, and the vessels between the roaring tides of the sea. All three means of the plot are brilliantly directed and seamlessly transitioned which makes the movie a cinematic treat for cinematographers. The brilliant music by Hans Zimmer bolstered this movie on an emotional and sentimental level where every beat, every bullet fired, every splash of a tide, and every Ariel missile attack was felt as if a real life event is taking place in front of our naked eyes.
The cast of this movie is full of skillful actors which include Mary Rylance who is an owner of a private boat, Tom Hardy who is an air force officer, Cillian Murphy who plays the role of a French soldier, Harry Styles who portrays the character of Alex and the most notable performance by Fionn Whitehead who plays the role of a young French soldier who speaks less but the emotions are so strong that they can be read on his face. There are many other renowned actors in the movie who play impactful roles like Kenneth Branagh, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden and many others.
The movie is a lesson about the ugliness of international politics and the war-time atrocities. When establishments and leadership fails, the civilians step ahead to take charge of the chaos and to set the things right. The movie ends with more than 300,000 soldiers returning home while Winston Churchill asked for the safe return of just 40,000 soldiers for the next battle. The local sailors risked their lives in the war zone to save their children and protect humanity when governments and administrations failed to secure soldiers who risked their lives in the battle.