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.