Dunkirk – Rated PG-13 – Reviewed July 28, 2017 – IMDb
I think I held my breath for most of this movie.
Dunkirk is based on a real historical event when 400,000 British troops were trapped on a beach with German soldiers on one side and the English Channel on the other. There are bombers and subs attacking all the ships that are trying to rescue the soldiers. Add to that fighters strafing the soldiers as they stand on the beach with no cover which makes for an overall really shitty situation for anyone to be in.
The British Navy recruit personal boats to go from England to pick up the soldiers in France. The movie switches from two soldiers who are desperate to get off the beach, to one of the boats heading over, to fighter planes trying to protect the troops and ships as best they can. Sounds confusing? Well it isn’t. The movie flows and, in an hour and 45 minutes, gives you a complete story.
If the movie was any longer I think I would have needed some Zanax. You see people dying in so many horrible ways that the word “desperate” doesn’t even begin to cover it. The tension remains high and it made me glad that I have never been in a situation like that. Great movie.
Oh, I heard that some people were complaining about the lack of women in the movie. Really?!?!?