The opening shot of Dunkirk follows a group of British soldiers walking down a deserted French street searching for something to drink.
All around them, propaganda leaflets, spelling out their impending doom at the hands of the German army, fall like confetti. The ataractic scene is soon shattered when German rifle shots ring out, scattering the soldiers in a desperate scramble for survival; it’s the only period of respite that the viewer will get in Dunkirk’s 106 minute duration.
The film depicts the dramatic evacuation of British and French forces from the shores of France, with the Germans in hot pursuit, during the early stages of World War II. Christopher Nolan, charting new territory here tackling the subject of history, tells the story in three parts – air, land and sea – and avoids the ubiquitous CGI wherever he can. Working from a lean script, Nolan relies on actor performances to tell the story of Dunkirk, one of the most significant survival stories, not just of the war but in history.
From the aforementioned intro to the concluding credits, the tension is relentless; amplified by Han Zimmer’s compelling score. Undeterred by the ambition of the project, Dunkirk on DVD is a complete triumph for Nolan and his finest hour to date.
Release Date: 18 December 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray 4K
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance
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- According to Kenneth Branagh, roughly 30 veteran Dunkirk survivors, who were in their mid- nineties, attended the premiere in London. When asked about the film they said they felt it accurately captured the event, but that the soundtrack was louder than the actual bombardment – a comment that greatly amused director Christopher Nolan.