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1917 (2019)

Director:
Sam Mendes
COUNTRY
United Kingdom/USA
GENRE
War
NORWEGIAN TITLE
1917
RUNNING TIME
119 minutes
RELEASED BY
Universal
Producer:
Sam Mendes
Pippa Harris
Jayne-Ann Tenggren
Callum McDougall
Brian Oliver

Screenwriter:
Sam Mendes
Krysty Wilson-Cairns


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Lance Corporal William Schfield George MacKay
Lance Corporal Tom Blake Dean-Charles Chapman
Captain Smith Mark Strong

Lieutenant Leslie

Andrew Scott
Lieutenant Joseph Blake Richard Madden
Lauri Claire Duburcq
General Erinmore Colin Firth
Colonel Mackenzie Benedict Cumberbatch
Sergeant Sanders Daniel Mays
Major Hepburn Adrian Scarborough

 

Review

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.

Copyright 29.01.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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