Jour­ney’s End

(Drama)

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Set dur­ing WWI on the eve of the 1918 Spring Of­fen­sive in North­ern France, this film is a can­did in­sight into the des­per­ate days as Bri­tish sol­diers braced for the on­slaught of en­emy forces on the Western Front. This fifth cin­e­matic adap­ta­tion of the fa­mous play by R. C. Sher­iff is con­fronting to watch be­cause of the char­ac­ters, rather than the bat­tle scenes. Bri­tish ac­tor Sam Claflin gives a stand­out per­for­mance as boozed-up Cap­tain Stan­hope who sur­vives day-to-day on the front­line trenches with the help of whisky. The Bri­tish sol­diers’ mis­sion is al­most cer­tainly sui­ci­dal as a Ger­man on­slaught is im­mi­nent and the Brits know there’s no chance of re­in­force­ments or evac­u­a­tion. The ter­ror is in­ex­pli­ca­ble. A fas­ci­nat­ing film which piv­ots on a few peo­ple stuck in an im­pos­si­ble sit­u­a­tion.

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