The D-Day landings are one of the greatest achievements in military history. Over 400,000 Allied WWII soldiers are cut off and surrounded by the German army, stranded helplessly on the beaches of Dunkirk, culminating in the largest ever military evacuation by sea. Incredibly this vast operation was spearheaded by British civilian boats of all shapes and sizes in a desperate bid to rescue virtually their whole army which, if captured, would lose WWII to the Germans.
With an all-star cast including Tom Hardy (Mad Max Fury Road, Taboo), Kenneth Brannagh (Henry V, Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, Wallander) and Mark Rylance (BFG, Wolf Hall, Bridge of Spies) and made on a truly epic scale, Dunkirk also manages to be as much about the young men trapped on the beaches and the fishermen attempting to rescue them as the undeniably impressive set pieces. Hugely immersive and moving, Dunkirk gives us some of the most incredible images of battle since Saving Private Ryan.
With his critical and commerical Batman Dark Knight trilogy, Inception and Interstellar, Nolan is one of Britain’s greatest working directors and Dunkirk does not disappoint. Essential cinema.