Dunkirk

Dunkirk

DVD - 2017
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A World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold.

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thornhill_boy
Jun 14, 2018

If you are looking for a typical WW-II movie, you will be sorely disappointed. However, the objective of the movie is to go beyond the gun rattle, sitting blood and explosions. If the idea was to present the emotions of vulnerable and terrified humans (aka soldiers) caught in the cross hairs of a destructive war, the movie has largely succeeded. It is not 'Saving Private Ryan'. Superb camera work and action sequences but the overall impact is just about average.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 13, 2018

Dunkirk is a World War 2 movie about the evacuation of the Dunkirk beach by allied french and british forces. The story is told in a refreshing new way compared to other movies, where the plot essentially jumps between three different positions repeatedly. This story telling works perfect for the theme of the movie. The visuals are constantly stunning, and due to the incredible sound design the movie is always extremely suspenseful. This movie is a complete must watch for anyone who is interested in world war II history, and whoever just wants to see a very good suspenseful movie. 5/5 - @ecozones of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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michaelfwood
Jun 12, 2018

Silly movie. Time wasted. The review by "howeshound" is spot on.

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howeshound
Jun 06, 2018

Expecting all the faults of the traditional blockbuster - corny script, acting and characterisation - I was very encouraged by the first ten minutes but after nearly two hours of increasing frustration I gave up. Was some kind of story line developing or were we being shown flashbacks or had I missed the end of the film and we were now into extras - deleted scenes and that sort of thing? Despite occasional glimpses of Branagh in some sort of leading role, doing what I'm not sure, and Mark Rylance performing his usual Understated Man of Principle, there seemed to be little connection between anything or anybody and no direction. Photography was excellent, special effects fairly convincing, acting was OK-ish, all we needed was a script and a plot. War, of course, is chaos and if that's what Nolan is trying to illustrate, he succeeded. The movie is a kind of Shakespeare's Henry V missing dialogue and everything but the Agincourt scenes filmed in random order.
I was born in England 7 years after Dunkirk and the story of that WW2 episode, both myths and facts, resonated through my childhood and schooling. For me, this movie totally fails to do it justice.

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BrandonBlanchard
Jun 06, 2018

One of the greatest WW2 movies, with very little combat or setpiece battles. Dunkirk succeeds by capturing the emotion and depth of a harrowing moment, the success of human will, and achieves this with a minimum of involvement from Americans or superheroes. Highly recommended.

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Not2Old
Jun 05, 2018

Big disappointment. Chopped up, poorly produced. Fails to tell the real story of Dunkirk. A waste of time to watch.

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kerve13
Jun 05, 2018

Very interesting movie. Just note: this is not a documentary nor an action film. It is a set of stories that take place during the Dunkirk retreat. Enjoy the stories.

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Caro12
May 21, 2018

Totally agree with burroak. If you are interested in what happened at Dunkirk, look up the PBS Frontline episode. Excellent background and narration. You'll know far more about the Dunkirk disaster than you'll learn in this movie.

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burroak
May 17, 2018

A story well worth telling but this movie does a poor job telling it. No background, no narration of what's happening, no character to get invested in. Even disliked the soundtrack. I hope another movie maker gives this story a try because this one is a lost cause.

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CupertinoJay
May 16, 2018

yesterday watched the fine flick on premium cable, looking next for extras. but BR has no bonus / extended content!? no thanks, rather wait for a non-rental version.
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flash update, just noticed library's lower quality dvd flavor (not BR) has the 2nd disk WITH extras. will get that instead.

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reginator_22
Jan 30, 2018

Blind Man: Well done, lads. Well done.

Alex: All we did is survive.

Blind Man: That's enough.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

He didn't kill anyone. He was just looking for a way off the sand, like the rest of us.
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Where's the bloody air force?
-The navy's requisitioned her.
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No French soldiers. No French soldiers. No. No, no French. English only. English only past this point. No. It's a British ship. No, you have your own ships.
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Dunkirk's so far. Why can't they just load at Calais?
-The enemy had something to say about it.
Ah, down here we're sitting ducks.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

Colonel, you're gonna have to decide how many more wounded to evacuate. One stretcher takes the space of seven standing men.
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What about the French?
-Publicly, Churchill's told them, "Bras dessous." Arm in arm, leaving together.
And privately?
-We need our army back.
How many men are they talking about, sir?
-Churchill wants 30,000. Ramsay's hoping we can give him 45.
There are 400,000 men on this beach, sir.
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He feels safer on deck. You would too if you'd been bombed.
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What's wrong with your friend?
-He's looking for a quick way out. In case we go down.

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A bloody frog. A cowardly little queue-jumping frog.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

As soon as he pokes his head out, they'll slaughter him.
-Better him than me.
It's not fair.
- Survival's not fair. No, it's shit. It's fear, and it's greed. Fate pushed through the bowels of men.
Shit. He saved our lives.
-And he's about to do it again.
No, don't! Stop!
-Somebody's gotta get off, so the rest of us can live. If you wanna volunteer...
Fxck no. I'm going home. And if this is the price? I'll live with it. But it's wrong.
-Go on!
One man's not going to make enough difference.
-You'd best hope it does, because you'd be volunteering next.
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You're RAF?
-No. Not me. My brother. He flew Hurricanes. Died third week into the war.
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Well done. Well done, lads. Well done.
-All we did is survive.
That's enough.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

Part 1 of 2 -- Ending voice over of Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 4 June 1940:
"Wars are not won by evacuations. But there was a victory inside this deliverance, which should be noted. Our thankfulness at the escape of our army must not blind us to the fact that what has happened in France and Belgium is a colossal military disaster. We must expect another blow to be struck almost immediately. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France. We shall fight on the seas and oceans. We shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island whatever the cost... "

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

Part 2 of 2 -- Ending voice over of Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 4 June 1940:
"We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets. We shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender. And even if this island or a large part of it were subjugated and staring, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old."

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gumball12
Mar 04, 2018

Violence: Just boom and pow stuff.. Also bam and ARRGH...

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reypotter06
Feb 22, 2018

Violence: There is explosions and gun fire. Also people drown and get crushed.

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reypotter06
Feb 22, 2018

Coarse Language: they say s**t and f*k

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reginator_22
Feb 14, 2018

Violence: War violence, gun violence.

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AMerr22
Oct 17, 2017

Violence: Its a PG-13 war movie so there's some violence, but nothing to bad.

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Mar 21, 2018

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reypotter06
Feb 22, 2018

reypotter06 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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AMerr22
Oct 17, 2017

AMerr22 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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