Wartime drama 1917 captures the journey of two comrades during the height of WW1 who have been tasked with a life or death mission.
The director, Sam Mendes wanted to create a harrowing and heightened tension film about WW1 and, to achieve this, he decided to film the entire thing in one shot which achieved this with flying colours.
The simple plot is introduced early on when two British soldiers, Lance Corporal William Schofield (George MacKay) and Lance Corporal Tom Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), have been asked to personally deliver a message to call off an attack on the German forces.
If they fail, there would be a loss of 1,600 lives and to increase the pressure, Blake’s brother is fighting in this battalion at risk.
The soldiers are also given a time limit as they need to reach the next battalion by the next morning.
They begin trekking over the trench line and they’re immediately greeted with the savagery of war which they seem numb to; they are solely focused on pushing forward to complete their mission.
Stumbling over corpses and squeezing through barbed wire the soldiers are extremely aware of each step they take adding to the tension that is present throughout the film.
Viewers are made to feel as though they are alongside the soldiers throughout the gruesome trip to get to the next battalion due to the on-shot style of filming.
It allows the viewer to have an up-close experience of war unlike many other war films and gives viewers a personal insight into the gruesome action.
The heartfelt development of the main soldier, Schofield, and his mindset to keep pushing forward is one of the main themes of the film and empathy for their struggles is a forefront emotion.
The unique cinematography of the film has made it a huge award winner picking up a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture as well as Mendes’ Golden Globe Award for Best Director.
Certainly and unmissable film that sets the bar very high for future war movies.
Film showings this week:
Cineworld Cinema – Nottingham
Wednesday 29th – Friday 31st January
12:10 PM, 3:00 PM, 5:50 PM, 8:40 PM
Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd February
10:30 PM, 1:20 PM, 4:10 PM, 7:00 PM