Dunkirk Is Going To Shock, Stir And Surprise You!
Here Are 6 Reasons Why...
With Christopher Nolan behind the camera and an all-star cast in front of it, Dunkirk is set to smash the box office on Friday 21 July. Here are 6 reasons why missing this bold retelling of one of World War Two’s most monumental events is simply not an option!
1. It’s directed by the brilliant Christopher Nolan
If you’ve got even a passing interest in cinema you’ll know that a new Christopher Nolan movie is a big deal. Scratch that, it’s a massive deal.
The director of the Dark Knight Trilogy, Interstellar, Memento, Inception and The Prestige, Nolan’s films are – without exception – intelligent, thought-provoking, twist-packed and visually jaw-dropping. With Dunkirk something of a passion project for the director – he first had the idea 25 years ago during an arduous journey across the English Channel on a friend’s sailing boat – you can expect extraordinary things from this World War Two drama.
2. It’s got an outstanding cast....
From Leo DiCaprio in Inception to Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar, Nolan’s films are packed with star power and Dunkirk is following the tradition.
Tom Hardy stars as RAF pilot Farrier, while the Oscar-winning Mark Rylance is civilian seaman Mr. Dawson. Cillian Murphy and Kenneth Branagh are also among the big-name cast, but are the little-known Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowden and Tom Glynn-Carney who we’ll be talking about as the credits roll. The young British actors, who have only few entries on their acting CVs, take the leads part in the film – and they’re blooming terrific or, as Christopher Nolan himself said, are ‘the best cast ever made’.
3...and Harry from One Direction is in it
And speaking about great casting, when it was first announced that floppy-haired One Direction singer Harry Styles had been cast in Dunkirk, responses ranged from intrigued to disbelieving.
But as his fellow cast-members have been at pains to point out, Harry, who plays beached soldier Alex in the film, won the role on merit, proving himself “fresh and interesting” to the casting team. “He was really impressive,” confided Nolan in an interview with The New York Times. And you know what, he is!
4. It’s based on extraordinary real-life events
If you skipped your history lesson on Dunkirk, here’s Christopher Nolan himself with a quick reminder. “This is an essential moment in the history of the Second World War. If this evacuation had not been a success, Great Britain would have been obliged to capitulate.”
Operation Dynamo, or the Miracle of Dunkirk as it’s also known, was a defining event in World War Two. Taking place between 26 May and 14 June 1940, during the Fall of France, it saw 400,000 exhausted British, Belgian, Canadian and French soldiers trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk with the German military closing in for the knockout blow. Catastrophic defeat stared Britain in the face. But a fleet of more than 800 boats embarked on a desperate gamble to bring the boys home.
Many of the craft were small civilian ones that were barely seaworthy, and even today the rescue is remembered as a heroic feat of togetherness and sacrifice, known as the Dunkirk spirit.
5. The action scenes are jaw-dropping
Famously not a fan of CGI, Nolan went to great lengths to avoid using green screen on Dunkirk. He hired a rumoured 6,000 extras to bulk out his Allied forces, and used real military vehicles such as the French T-47 Class Destroyer Maillé-Brézé.
The result is nail-biting realism. That scene where the Luftwaffe first attack: the noise, the speed, the desperation and determination on the young soldiers’ faces – heart-pounding.
6. You should watch it in amazing IMAX
Following his use of IMAX cameras in The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar, Christopher Nolan designed Dunkirk for IMAX – capturing a majority of the film with IMAX’s 15perf 65m film cameras, the highest-resolution cameras in the world at 18k resolution. Exclusively in IMAX cinemas, scenes shot with this camera will expand to fill the entire screen, allowing moviegoers to see up to 40% more of the image with unprecedented crispness, clarity and color saturation for a truly immersive experience.
400,000 Allied soldiers were trapped on the beach at ‘Dunkirk’, surrounded by the German army in the early days of the Second World War. And they needed to be evacuated.
France had been overrun, and the Allied army had been defeated and trapped. In a desperate effort to save the troops, more than 800 boats – from military ships to tiny civilian fishing boats – came to help with the evacuation that would become known as the Miracle of Dunkirk.
ODEON is proud of showing the latest Christopher Nolan's film in both 70mm format at ODEON Leicester Square, where the world film premiere was hosted, and in amazing IMAX 15perf/70mm at ODEON BFI. IMAX, in one of the only three sites in the UK showing in this format.