Director Christopher Nolan turns his sights to one of the Second World War’s most daring episodes during the Battle of France at the harbour and beaches of Dunkirk.
The film tells the story of Operation Dynamo and became known as the Miracle of Dunkirk.Belgian, British, and French troops were surrounded by the German army and as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said it was “a colossal military disaster”, saying “the whole root and core and brain of the British Army” were stranded at Dunkirk and all seemed lost. The act to rescue 300,000 Allied soldiers from the area was undertaken by the British Navy, with the help of hundreds of non-military boats pressed into service to aid the evacuation. The event took place between May 26th and June 4th, 1940.
The films stars familiar Nolan actors Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles and many other fine performers.
The first full trailer begins with leaflets being dropped to British soldiers by German planes, asking them to surrender, which then shows the soldiers being attacked on the beaches.
The film is a departure for Nolan from his recent movies, and by the looks of it, it’s gritty and since it’s based on historical events, it’s surely going to be a more grounded film. What we can expect are some outstanding visuals without the mind-bending twists and turns of his previous work, but this is a story which hopefully conveys as much as possible the realism of the event.
Dunkirk hits theatres on July 19, 2017.