Taken into the heart of war

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reviews -

of the sup­port­ing cast – and main­tains Nolan’s abil­ity to sur­prise and turn even the most sim­ple of tales into a non­lin­ear, brain-teas­ing thrill ride.

There’s no weak link in the size­able cast, which in­cludes fre­quent Nolan col­lab­o­ra­tors Tom Hardy (Far­rier) and Cil­lian Mur­phy (shiver­ing sol­dier) and an­other im­pres­sive, un­der­played show­ing from Bridge of Spies’ Mark Ry­lance (Mr Daw­son).

Big screen new­comer Fionn White­head (Tommy) and Dubliner Barry Keoghan (Ge­orge) stand out among the less ex­pe­ri­enced mem­bers of the en­sem­ble, per­fectly ex­ud­ing the haunted com­bi­na­tion of fear and de­ter­mi­na­tion of young sol­diers at war.

And ex-One Di­rec­tion heart­throb Harry Styles (Alex) proves to be much more than just stunt cast­ing de­signed to lure in teeny­bop­per fans with a fine movie de­but that sug­gests he may just have a fu­ture with this act­ing lark.

Nolan’s long-term go-to-com­poser Hans Zim­mer de­liv­ers an­other sear­ing score and Nolan’s cam­er­a­work goes from claus­tro­pho­bic – on Daw­son’s boat – to the ex­pan­sive land­scapes of the as­ton­ish­ingly re­al­is­tic Spit­fire-led aerial as­saults and im­mer­sive beach evac­u­a­tions.

The di­rec­tor takes no short-cuts when en­velop­ing us in the full emo­tional im­pact of war and while riv­et­ing and mes­meric, it does leave you feel­ing that, like the cast, you have taken a bit of a bat­ter­ing.

But that is Christo­pher Nolan for you; a mul­ti­skilled crafts­man who gifts us with true event cin­ema like very few oth­ers can.

Ter­ror from above Al­lied sol­diers face mor­tal dan­ger

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