"Christopher Nolan's apocalyptic war epic is his best film so far" ★★★★★ Guardian

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Britain's pyyrihic victory - mass evacuation instead of massive losses, thanks to the people's armada - is the stuff of legend.  So, in the cinema realm, is high-concept director Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises).  That he should tackle this story of stoicism in the face of disaster, of adherence to a system which didn't challenge bad leadership, and the ostensible triumph of Little Englanders against the might on mainland Europe, is to make it, also, a tale for our Brexit times. 

In Nolan's hands this epic disaster story is told small.  We get to know the squaddie on the beach, with nowhere left to flee; we join a lone Spitfire pilot (Tom Hardy) as he tackles the might of the Luftwaffe while his fuel guage is dangerously stuck on 'empty'; and the home front is represented by Everyman Mark Rylance, who captains his small pleasure boat across and snatches a shell-shocked Cillian Murphy from the dark seas.  There are also turns from Richard Brannagh, perfect as a grizzled Naval officer, and a respectable showing from singer-turned-actor Harry Styles.  These human stories, though, are framed by bravura cinematic flourishes such as we'd expect from the director of Interstellar, and it is writ large on the biggest of big screens, 70mm.  

As the universally ★★★★★ reviews attest, this is unexpectedly a tale for our times from a master at the peak of his powers!


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106 mins

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