Acclaimed auteur Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight) wrote and directed this historical thriller about the Dunkirk evacuation during the early days of World War II. When 400,000 British and Allied troops end up trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk, France, following a catastrophic defeat, a number of civilian boats set out to rescue them before they are decimated by the approaching Nazi forces. Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy star.~Jack Rodgers
Join Director Christopher Nolan and his production team on their epic journey to recreate the miracle of Dunkirk
Equipped with large-format cameras, innovative effects, historical naval and air fleets and scores of actors, the filmmakers surmounted staggering challenges in order to create an accurate, authentic and heart-pounding cinematic experience
Stunning film — of all war narratives, the directorial choices in this one made me feel closer to the content than any other. It's less focused on a traditionally unified story and more focused on the specifics and horrifying subtleties of sequences of war and war-specific survival. The film transfer is great and will likely never need "remastering."
The picture quality on the blu ray is fantastic as is the same with all Nolan films the imax shots are vivid and really can be mistaken by an untrained eye as 4k shots. The blu ray also includes a special features disc with art unlike most bland blu ray releases. The sound mix is crisp and clear although I feel the right speaker set up would take full advantage of the audio track. The film itself is great and tense and any fan of history or nolan should definitely check it out.
Dunkirk is divided into 3 sections: the fight in the air pitting British Royal Air Force fighters against enemy planes, the survival of British soldiers on the shore of Dunkirk in France, and the rescue of the soldiers by British private citizens using day to day pleasure boats who have to cross the English Channel and face the potential of being struck by torpedoes or enemy planes.
On the surface this may sound like the movie would take 3 hours but Christopher Nolan, as if assembling a fine tuned clock, weaves through the 3 stories in less than 2 hours and literally keeps you on edge of your seat.
For the duration of the film you feel like you are on the beach with the soldiers, in the cockpit of a fighter plane, and on a pleasure boat called the Moonstone on it's way to Dunkirk.
This is movie is really unlike any other war movie I have seen or any war movie in recent history because it's less about actual combat and more about an historical rescue operation where literally every hour counts before almost 300 Thousand allied soldiers face certain death.
Visuals and audio on the Blu Ray are first class but the 4K benefits from HDR for richer colors. The 5.1 lossless mix is the same and totally immersive.
If you are a Nolan fan, war history buff, or enjoy well made, thrilling films based on true stories I highly, highly recommend Dunkirk.
Dunkirk is a great film, as long as you don't go into it, as my parents did, expecting a standard World War II story of heroism and valor in the face of a powerful evil force. Dunkirk is not a war movie; it's a survival film. And that's not to say I don't personally enjoy war movies, because I absolutely do. But Dunkirk is something else, something different. It's almost akin to an arthouse flick, but created with the budget and scale of a traditional summer blockbuster.
Christopher Nolan, the director, does an excellent job of promoting a sense of anxiety and dread in the mind of the viewer. Oh boy, does he really do an excellent job of this! But Nolan does not make you care for the characters as would another director, such as Spielberg or the Coen brothers. That's not the point of this movie, or really any of Nolan's other films (with Interstellar perhaps being the sole exception).
The point of the film is the atmosphere, the tension, the visceral FEELING of being trapped alongside hundreds of thousands of your fellow soldiers on the beaches of Dunkirk. It's the seemingly fruitless struggle against an unspeakable, creeping darkness that cannot be stopped, much less seen or understood. Dunkirk is not about a war; it's about the sensation of war. And if you go into the film with this in mind, you will find yourself appreciating Dunkirk much more than you otherwise would.