Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, and Interstellar) returns to direct the propulsive, ticking-clock action thriller, Dunkirk. Anticipation for the movie is on the roof especially the ones coming from Nolan fans. A fair one since he consistently delivered one great film after another. Joining him in the film are long-time collaborators, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy. Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Fionn Whitehead, and the ex-One Direction member Harry Styles are also part of the cast.
Aside from the basic fact that Dunkirk is a historical war piece, here are five reasons to see the movie:
- Live the movie
Yes, I am a long-time fan of IMAX. Whenever possible and depending on the title, I will see a movie in IMAX. I love the magical feeling of immersing myself in the movie. And that is the case in Dunkirk. Nolan is an advocate of film over digital. He used it in most of his movies. Most of this film was shot in IMAX 70mm. Yes, those are the nearly twice the size of your regular movie. There’s no better way to see a wartime movie than seeing it in this format!
- It’s not a war movie
Don’t let the trailers fool you. It may seem like a war movie but Christopher Nolan said several times that Dunkirk is not a war movie rather a suspense film. With that said, we can still expect combat but not in such a way that full-on war movies do. He adds that it will be more about survival than the former.
- A first
Nolan created movies with gripping, smart, and amazing storylines. These are all original and written by him. Dunkirk is his first foray into recreating and retelling a historical event. We all witnessed how his original ideas fare in the movies which is why it is to see interesting how this one is going to turn out.
- Three Parts
The film will have three simultaneous storylines and be told from three points of view. One is from the infantry at the beach, navy evacuation, and air combat. This is also why the title card of the movie has three colors: sky blue, dark blue, and orange. Nolan said it himself that this will be his most experimental film to date.
- Shortest yet
We remember Nolan’s film as epics that run for more than two hours. They have great storylines that we barely noticed the time past by. Dunkirk, however, is his shortest film yet with a running time of 106 minutes. Can this film compare to his early projects?
Opening across the Philippines on July 20, Dunkirk is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.