1917

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Hard-hitting, immersive, and an impressive technical achievement, 1917 captures the trench warfare of World War I with raw, startling immediacy.

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At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic's George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones' Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers--Blake's own brother among them.

Cast

George MacKay
as Lance Corporal Schofield
Dean-Charles Chapman
as Lance Corporal Blake
Mark Strong (II)
as Captain Smith
Andrew Scott
as Lieutenant Leslie
Richard Madden
as Lieutenant Joseph Blake
Colin Firth
as General Erinmore
Benedict Cumberbatch
as Colonel Mackenzie
Jamie Parker
as Lieutenant Richards
Nabhaan Rizwan
as Sepoy Jondalar
Adrian Scarborough
as Major Hepburn
Daniel Mays
as Sergeant Sanders
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Critic Reviews for 1917

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Audience Reviews for 1917

  • 5d ago
    I'm not really one of those guys who gets super into war stuff, with one exception: World War I. Another thing about me, I adore long takes in movies. So 1917, a WWI movie designed to look like it was shot all in one-take, how was I not going to love this thing? It's a very simple story, basically two-guys have to get a message to a place otherwise a lot of people will die. Simple, but effective. Interestingly as well, we really don't know a lot about either of these guys either. Funny thing though, it wasn't until we learned a tiny bit about one of them in the final shots that I even realized this. We still become attached to them in their journey. Perhaps because they're all we have, and we're stuck with them, just as they're stuck with each other. That's not to say there isn't character, there is, but it's just told in a unique way, a way that feels genuine to the wartime setting. It's an unusual form of narrative, and it surprisingly works. On top of that, godamn is this film gorgeous! Every frame is just littered with beauty. Horrible imagery often, but glorious to look it. Takes your breath away in horror and awe all at once. One of the best war films I've ever seen.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • 6d ago
    This film is a wonder in cinematography. Roger Deakins is at his best in this one, and that is really saying something. Sam Mendes does a great job directing, and the actors put on very good performances. The tension and realism are gripping, and everything happening in almost a single shot and almost in real-time makes this movie a fun watch and something to appreciate.
    Sanjay R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2020
    Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2020
    Positives: Acting, cinematography, directing, editing and soundtrack Negatives: The plot and it relies on technical achievements?
    John H Super Reviewer

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