THERE are moments in life and in history that feel so desperate and dire. And director Christopher Nolan is a master at capturing these trying moments, as evident in his latest film, Dunkirk.
It is based on the real-life Dunkirk evacuation which took place during World War II. German troops, who are trying to occupy France, have closed in on a group of soldiers from the Allied powers, the British and the French. They are surrounded by German troops from all sides at Dunkirk, a coastal area in the north of France. The film captures the Allied soldiers’ attempt to evacuate Dunkirk, despite the odds stacked against them.
I wasn’t familiar with what happened on the beaches of Dunkirk, and you don’t need to be. The story is rather simple.
Still, what makes the film so unique is its gripping storytelling. Nolan’s version of the event is told through three points of view. One story begins on land which spans one week, on sea which spans one day and on air which spans one hour – all culminating in that heart-pounding moment of finding out whether the Allied soldiers will be delivered from their enemy’s claws.
I’m not a fan of war movies, but Dunkirk isn’t a war movie. It’s about that moment in life when you hold your breath and hope for a miracle.