The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Christopher Nolan is not a director I enjoy. Yes I said it, it's nothing personal I just don't like his style of film making. Rehashing James Bind storylines while making everything look great doesn't work for me. Plus I really disliked the Batman trilogy so I guess I do hold a slight grudge.
War movies are also not my cup of tea but when I saw Nolan was making this film I was intrigued. War is a shade of grey, not good or bad just a sad end to someone's means. So if it's not black or white it would be grey. And Christopher Nolan can sure film grey, and as it's an actually event you can't really James Bond it up.
Dunkirk is actually a beach in France, and on one faithful day durring WW II over 400,000 troops both Allied and British became trapped by the Germans there. They we're close to England, in fact they could actually see it, but Dunkirk's waters are to shallow for warships to help. Luckily over 700 small civilian ships sailed to help.
The film is intercut to tell you 3 stories that all converge on one another. We have Fionn Whitehead playing a young soldier who is on the beach waiting for help to arrive. We have Mark Rylance playing a man who with the help of his sons is heading on his boat to help the traped soliers. And finally we have Tom Hardy as a pilot helping to fight the Germans in the sky. As his oxygen is low he wears a mask for a majority of the film, which sadley gave me Bane flash backs.
The film looks amazing, and the one thing that's very noticeable is the lack of blood. Most war films are so drenched in gore you confuse them with the Saw movies at times. Nolan has managed to film a masterful film with wonderful action pieces without all the blood and guts that have become a staple of modern war films.
With a limited amount of dialogue the set pieces are the real stars of the film. Everything looks state of the art from top to bottom. And the actors all do a fine job conveying the madness around them.
Warner Brothers has out this out on a beautiful Blu-ray transfer that makes you feel as if you were in the middle of all the action. Loaded with special features thus is a really good Blu-ray to add to your collection.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars