A colossal military disaster.
In 1940, allied troops are stranded on the beach of Dunkirk, France with enemies closing in from the land, and picking them off from the sky. We follow three different stories spanning different times. The Mole, lasts one week and follows soldiers attempting to get off the beaches. The Sea takes place in a day, and follows a civilian Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance) as he and other sailors respond to calls for help from Dunkirk. The 3rd story is The Air, which takes place in an hour and follows a pilot (Tom Hardy) as he attempts to stop the enemies from above.
I can't think of another movie where I had this sentiment, but character development barely matters here and Nolan spends no time on it. It works, because we don't need to know these soldiers' and civilians' back stories. We already sympathize with them trying to escape a desperate situation. We start right in the action and stay there the entire time. Anything else would've bogged down the narrative. Because of that, no performance in particular really stands out. They're all equally good.
I mentioned on Twitter how shocked I was that this film was under two hours, it absolutely flies by. I'm thankful for that shorter run time, this movie was so tense I'm not sure if I could've handled it being any longer. I was already holding my breath for much longer than I should have been. Dunkirk is beautifully shot and I expect this to be all over the sound nominations come Oscar time. Nolan as a director never disappoints me. He's crafted an amazing film here.
Memorable Quote: "I'll be useful, sir." - George (Barry Keoghan)