With its breathtaking narrative style and amazing camerawork, 1917 takes us on a spine-tingling journey across occupied rural France together with two British soldiers towards the end of the First World War. Director Sam Mendes utilizes a first-person perspective, not unlike the one often used in computer games, which gives these two messengers' story an incredible intensity and urgency. It's as if we're experiencing WWI ourselves, both the tactics and bravery, but also the brutality, randomness, and not least meaninglessness of this unprededentedly bloody war. The story itself is a simple one, which makes Mendes' ingenious, flawless direction even more meritable. Strong performances by the two young leads add to the emotional effect.