The English Director Sam Mendes, who got his big breakthrough with the Oscar-winner 'American Beauty' in 1999, and also has been behind the two most recent James Bond film, 'Skyfall' (2012) and 'Spectre' (2015), has before been tried with war movies. It was in 2005 with the strange intruder 'Jarhead', which unfolded at the Golfkrigens beginning of the year.
This time, we turn - as the title '1917' indicates - the time back to the first world war, and the story is partially based on Sam Mendes' grandfather's memories from his time at the front in Belgium.
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the Action is here, however, moved to the front in France and tells one of the many small stories that make up the big story. Two vicekorporaler Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Schofield (George MacKay) - of which the latter is clearly traumatized by his experiences during the battle of the Somme the year before - sent from one trench to the other with an important message that can save the 1600 soldiers ' lives. Or cost 1600 soldiers life, if they do not reach in time.
Something of a liability, there will be less personal of Blakes older brother is one of the 1600 soldiers, which stands to be massacred by the germans, if not the two resolve their mission.
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It is a ride of just 14 kilometers, but they can be very long, if they find themselves in a no man's land (which then turns out not to be so ingenmands).
the Time factor and the importance of the task gives the '1917' an almost thrillerlignende mark, and you are sitting literally on the edge of the seat in samfulde two hours. Which is highlighted by the superior clipping (by Lee Smith), who gets the film to appear as if it is filmed in one long shot (and, of course, is not). It gives an almost hypnotic effect. You simply can not look away, even if you check in between felt like it. And it also means that one of the film's most central scenes takes place outside the camera's point of view.
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The dazzling photographer Roger Deakins' (which among other things is known for his collaboration with the Coen brothers) pictures are certainly not doing the pleasure less. Nor the good acting all the way around. Our two protagonists are dutiful in addition to the usual (and in one case, unlikely lucky), but otherwise no particular heroic or action heroes-like - almost on the contrary.
now that we have the roses promotion, should some of them also fall to the scenographer Lee Sandales, if krigslandskaber often have an almost horrorlignende quality. In turn, I have it a little harder with Thomas Newman's in between something overbearing score.
The gennemæstetiske form (which generally characterises Mendes' film) - I guess you can almost call it a kind of 'theatre of cruelty' - however has the side effect that it also being held a little out in the stretched arm. But otherwise, perhaps it would also be unbearable. '1917' is a paradoxically beautiful movie about the war of eternal horrors. And recommended as such hot. But seriously affected will never.
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