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Why Dunkirk is the movie you need to book in for

Lon­don-born di­rec­tor Christo­pher Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas re­alise their dream of im­mor­tal­is­ing the largest evac­u­a­tion of al­lied forces dur­ing the Sec­ond World War on lus­trous 70mm cel­lu­loid.

Clev­erly un­fold­ing in frag­ments, which slot to­gether to form a com­pelling and deeply mov­ing nar­ra­tive, Dunkirk cap­tures this mo­men­tous page in re­cent his­tory from mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives.

Young sol­dier Tommy (Fionn White­head) es­capes from Ger­man fire and hopes to get the first boat home with an­other ter­ri­fied re­cruit, Gib­son (Aneurin Barnard).

Mean­while, Mr Dawson (Mark Ry­lance) an­swers Win­ston Churchill’s im­pas­sioned call for civil­ian boats to head to Dunkirk to res­cue Bri­tish sol­diers.

Each small vic­tory comes at a heart­break­ing price.

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