The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Movies - – Ken­neth Chaw


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.

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