Film Review: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’

Dunkirk Review
Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros.

Christopher Nolan recreates the World War II evacuation from land, sea and air, interweaving events in a bravura virtual-eyewitness account.

Steven Spielberg laid claim to the Normandy beach landing, Clint Eastwood owns Iwo Jima, and now, Christopher Nolan has authored the definitive cinematic version of Dunkirk. Unlike those other battles, however, this last was not a conventional victory, but more of a salvaged retreat, as the German offensive forced a massive evacuation of English troops early in World War II. And unlike those other two directors, Nolan is only nominally interested in the human side of the story as he puts his stamp on the heroic rescue operation, offering a bravura virtual-eyewitness account from multiple perspectives — one that fragments and then craftily interweaves events as seen from land, sea and air.

Take away the film’s prismatic structure and this could be a classic war picture for the likes of Lee Marvin or John Wayne. And yet, there’s no question that the star here is Nolan himself, whose attention-grabbing approach alternates among three strands, chronological but not concurrent, while withholding until quite late the intricate way they all fit together. Though the subject matter is leagues (and decades) removed from the likes of “Inception” and “The Dark Knight,” the result is so clearly “a Christopher Nolan film” — from its immersive, full-body suspense to the sophisticated way he manipulates time and space — that his fans will eagerly follow en masse to witness the achievement. And what an achievement it is!

From the opening scene, “Dunkirk” places us in a state of jeopardy as German sharpshooters pick off a group of British soldiers just yards from the embattled beachhead. Not that things are any safer on the other side of the French-defended barricade. “We surround you,” reads an air-dropped leaflet that accurately represents the Allies’ ever-shrinking position. Backed against the sea, what remains of the British Expeditionary Force can practically see their homeland a mere 26 miles away, but are vulnerable to attacks from the air.

The first fly-by bombing catches us just as much off-guard as it does Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), thin, handsome and hardly more than a child. His dash to the beach could be a game, if the gunshots that fell his comrades and explode inches from his head weren’t so lethal or so loud (as always with Nolan, sound design dramatically heightens the intensity of the experience, which already feels extraordinary given his use of massive-scale Imax cameras).

Driven by a mix of naïveté and survival instinct, Tommy makes an ideal guide through the week-long ordeal, allowing us to experience the strange, almost random way that cowardice blossoms into courage on the battlefield. His storyline, labeled “The Mole” (possibly a play on words, seeing as how it’s set primarily on Dunkirk’s pier-like projection, or mole, but also introduces a somewhat unnecessary subplot involving a non-British infiltrator, or mole), is the most audacious: It features hardly any dialogue, relying instead on our ability to adapt to the unrelentingly harrowing situation, as when Tommy and another low-ranking soldier (Aneurin Barnard) grab a stretcher and use the injured man to board a hospital ship, only to be ordered off moments before it sinks.

No fewer than four British ships go down in “Dunkirk” — not counting the one from which Cillian Murphy’s nameless “shivering soldier” is rescued — and each capsizes alarmingly quickly. This isn’t “Titanic,” in which miniature melodramas had time to unfold as the boat slowly sank, either. Whereas air battles are drawn out and repeated for effect, Nolan and editor Lee Smith compress the doomed-boat scenes for ruthless efficiency, turning the water into a place of high-stakes peril.

While big military ships make massive targets for German bombers and U-boat attacks, Dunkirk’s rough waves and shallow coastline demanded a different approach, and so Operation Dynamo was born: an all-hands call to civilian sailors, asking that they steer any vessel they can, from fishing trawlers to pleasure yachts, across the English Channel to rescue as many of the stranded soldiers as possible. Labeled “The Sea,” this segment feels more traditional, emotionally manipulative enough to match the almost-corny 1940s British propaganda film in this year’s “Their Finest.” (Even in Imax, in which most of the movie fills the massive, nearly-square aspect ratio, this portion is presented in a relatively constrained 2.40:1 format — the same dimensions to which the entire film will be cropped in traditional theaters.)

During this sea-rescue segment, the characters are familiar archetypes, from duty-bound captain Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance) to determined teenage tagalong George (Barry Keoghan), and their predictable behavior is elevated by the actors’ fine performances. Rylance in particular speaks volumes even when saying very little, and several of the movie’s most poignant moments are conveyed almost entirely without words, via his expressions alone — as when Dawson realizes the likely death that awaits them just beyond the horizon.

Dunkirk’s beaches represent a special kind of hell in the film, a danger zone where the British are frightfully exposed to attacks from above — and where fate, in all its grim absurdity, forces a few of the characters to return multiple times. Just when the soldiers think they’ve escaped, the tide pulls them back in.

Though much of the Royal Air Force was ordered not to engage, a third strand called “The Air” focuses on two Spitfire pilots (Tom Hardy and Jack Lowden) determined to protect, as best they can, the rescue vessels from airborne German attack. Hilariously enough, the role finds Hardy once again in Bane mode, his mouth covered and his dialogue all but inaudible — and yet, the heroism shows through his actions and the determined glint in his eyes.

Both Murphy and Hardy have worked with Nolan before (each as Batman villains), but he uses them in character-actor mode here, treating these marquee talents as equals among a cast of newcomers (including Harry Styles, looking every bit the 1940s matinee idol). Playing the highest-ranking Navy officer on the beach, Kenneth Branagh provides the film’s only star performance, and even then, it all comes down to a meaningful salute delivered in “Dunkirk’s” final minutes.

By this point in the film, Nolan has tied the three storylines together. While unnecessarily confusing at times (and not especially satisfying as a puzzle — at least not in the way the ingenious backward-logic of “Memento” was back in the day), by splintering these three storylines, the director allows us to experience the Dunkirk evacuation from multiple perspectives. In his extensive pre-production research, Nolan pored over survivors’ firsthand accounts and inevitably found inconsistencies among them — a phenomenon he ingeniously incorporates into his screenplay. In “Dunkirk,” subjectivity is not merely a tool for in-the-moment suspense, but also for suggesting the innumerable different ways people both lived and remembered the week’s events: One moment, a Spitfire pilot might be swooping in to save a Navy ship, and the next, he’s the one in need of rescuing as his seatbelt jams and his cockpit fills with water.

And yet, Nolan never once privileges the German p.o.v. (a bold departure from most war movies, including “Tora! Tora! Tora!,” which showed both sides, or Michael Bay’s “Pearl Harbor,” which famously offered a Japanese bomb’s-eye-view of the attack). Nolan’s goal is to give an exclusively British account of events, zeroing in on how it must have felt to the everyday heroes who lived it, as opposed to the leaders calling the shots. When Winston Churchill is finally heard, his words are being read aloud from the pages of a newspaper by an ordinary soldier, rather than delivered by the prime minister himself.

And in that nuance is the great accomplishment of Nolan’s feat: On one hand, he has delivered all the spectacle of a big-screen tentpole, ratcheting up both the tension and heroism through his intricate and occasionally overwhelming sound design, which blends a nearly omnipresent ticking stopwatch with Hans Zimmer’s bombastic score — not so much music as atmospheric noise, so bassy you can feel it rattling your vertebrae. But at the same time, he’s found a way to harness that technique in service of a kind of heightened reality, one that feels more immersive and immediate than whatever concerns we check at the door when entering the cinema. This is what audiences want from a Nolan movie, of course, as a master of the fantastic leaves his mark on historical events for the first time.

Film Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk'

Reviewed at Universal CityWalk IMAX, July 14, 2017. MPAA Rating: PG-13. Running time: 107 MIN.

Production

A Warner Bros. Pictures release and presentation of a Syncopy production. Producers: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan. Executive producer: Jake Myers.

Crew

Director, writer: Christopher Nolan. Camera (color, IMAX/65mm): Hoyte van Hoytema. Editor: Lee Smith. Music: Hans Zimmer.

With

Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy and Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy.

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  1. James says:

    The film was a masterpiece. Of course you can pick holes in any film, but what Dunkirk represents is nothing short of cinematic genius. If you think you sound intelligent by offering a lambasting critique, you are unfortunately, an idiot, and should save the job of reviewing movies to the experts. Perhaps Spiderman: Homecoming is more up your street?

  2. Jane says:

    Sorry movie was not good. So looking forward to it and so disappointed. Nolan’s worst. Predictable ham handed script. Characters were ciphers. Shallow filmmaking

  3. average at best , severely overated and hyped

  4. Denis Moulin says:

    Dunkirk has finally made one more victim : historic reality

  5. Mark says:

    Just saw “Dunkirk”, and what a great film it is. The three separate storylines interwoven was effective, but a certain RAF Spitfire pilot practically stole the movie from my perspective. When leaving the theater, I could not help thinking that “Dunkirk” reminded me of another excellent WW ll Pacific Theater film titled “Thin Red Line”. Both films have a mesmerizing quality about them. Guess what? Both films are scored by Hans Zimmer. Excellent choice Mr. Nolan. “Dunkirk” also has overtones from “Saving Private Ryan”, and “The Longest Day” as well. Nolan’s filming of the tremendously explosive nature of war also reminded me of “A Bridge Too Far”. Nolan’s take on the WW ll conflict however is a highly intense “documentary” style of filmaking. Action and hardly any words rule….and what a message. This is a film, (especially in IMAX), as I viewed it….will resonate deeply. The classic “war is hell” message has been brought to the screen with laser like accuracy by Nolan, his crew, and his cast. The world should never forget the brave actions of the armies who fought Nazi tyranny during WW ll. Those who forget history tend to repeat it. Thank-you Mr. Nolan for an incredible film experience.

  6. iris says:

    Yes, Cillian was the ‘captain’ of the dinghy.

  7. Joe says:

    Was Cillian Murphy’s character also in the “Mole” storyline? I thought he was the captain on the life boat that told the two soldiers to swim to shore. If yes then how did he end up on the sunken ship. That plot hole was one of the many reasons I am not a fan of this film.

    • Damon Mosier says:

      It’s not a “plot hole.” The film takes place over three different timelines that all intersect in the end. The Mole sequence takes place over several days, the Sea takes place over the course of an entire day, and the Air sequence takes place over the course of one hour. Intercut as they are, the narrative basically travels back and forth in time. So Cillian Murphy’s character picks up the men from the sunken destroyer at night, drops them off at the beach, and then off-screen boards another ship himself which is subsequently also sunk by a U-Boat, and it is there he is found by the yacht.

      First time viewers might start to wonder if they are watching different timelines taking place before this moment, but when we see Murphy in the rowboat picking up survivors at night, it is the first actual on-screen confirmation that this is the case.

  8. Where is all the valuable military material the French First Army and the BEF left behind on the beaches? Where are the field hospitals, the civilians… the French? Nolan’s vision of the evacuation on just a single day goes way beyond my comprehension. He should have watched first “Saving Private Ryan”, “A Bridge Too Far” or “Band Of Brothers” to have an idea on how making a war movie. It’s poor, cheap and not giving the true tribute the soldiers should be awarded for enduring that epic episode…

  9. Rudi Balens says:

    Very poor film, buildings on the beach from the sixties.Dunkirk was a mess in 1940.The Dunkirk in the movie seems to be cleaned to welcome the BEF soldiers.Same scene shown several times, strange way to fill a movie.Modern battle ships!!A Spitfire without working engine(difficult to keep in the air) shooting down a Stuka. All this is very poor and cheap.No way, this film is not giving the earned honour to the brave soldiers.On a scale too 10, just 3. The old movie was much better, an 8.
    So keep your money in your pocket.
    Take care, Rudi from Belgium

  10. Meridth's says:

    Terrible movie, not worth the ticket price. I was really surprised that it was rated so well #riged

  11. Phil Safier says:

    Pointless, painfully loud war porn. Save your $ and your hearing. War is hell. Golly gee, I had no idea. Thanks ever so much Christopher Nolan, you pompous twit.
    Boycott BS.

  12. Phil Vardy says:

    I, too, saw Dunkirk last night. I came away angry that such great talent could be assembled to tell such a magnificent story and produce such disappointment. All so unrealistic. Retreating combatants walking down a street as if it were a picnic. Identically dressed soldiers in clean uniforms and shiny helmets; no attempt to portray the unshaven grime and weariness of a retreating army., Senior officers without WWI decorations administrating the retreat without supporting staff and communication at the end of a pier. Aerial combat at a snails pace. A burning aircraft (ignited with a single very pistol shot into the cockpit!) with an empty engine compartment and inflammable (not flammable) tyres. Ranks assembled on the beach to await small ships about which the army was then ignorant. The director collected the best clay in the world and made a urinal. Never has a film-maker done so little with so much.

  13. WiscoMovieFan says:

    I saw Dunkirk last night. It was good but not great or magnificent or spectacular or amazing or any other superlative. It was just okay. The months of promo’s caught my interest but even the promo’s were not all that enticing. I love history and especially WWII history. The story of Dunkirk could have been made in a way that was more dramatically enthralling. The back and forth between the three story lines was easy enough to follow but it created some lapses in the attention focusing power of a great movie. You want to be sucked in the story without noticing the passage of time. In this movie, I checked my watch several times. If you are expecting the “knock you out of your seat” scenes of Saving Private Ryan that made you feel like you were right there in the action, you will be disappointed.

    Word to the over-the-top hype by critics who have been gushing about Dunkirk with an almost drug-fueled euphoric frenzy. Take a cold shower already. I would give this movie a solid 6 out of 10 but no better.

  14. Tangled Web says:

    You do know that the German army backed off from fully attacking the British army at Dunkirk upon the orders of Hitler right? The British retreat at Dunkirk was way more orderly than the this movie depicts.
    Hitler did not want a war with the British in the beginning, but, Churchill and the British government insisted.

    • Yeah, those crazy politicians, how dare they insist Germany stop invading Poland!!? You do know that the Germans flogged the excuse that Britain “really” started the war for years, right?

      There’s at least some evidence that Rundstedt and some of the other generals asked Hitler to back off as they wanted to preserve their armor so they could finish off France. Once the Germans realized their mistake, they started attacking again. The soldiers on the beaches were strafed & bombed, and both the French & British armies fought multiple rear-guard actions while moving towards the coast.

      I’m not sure where the reviewer got the idea that the RAF was ordered to back off, unless that came from the movie itself. In the real world the British pilots encountered much the same problems the Germans did during the Battle of Britain. Neither side had long-range fighters at the time. The RAF did quite well against the Luftwaffe, but most of that happened above the cloud cover so the men on the beaches didn’t see most of it. Churchill in fact made a point of highlighting their hard work so the ground pounders didn’t think they were left by themselves.

      Interesting bit of trivia: most of the men rescued were taken off by larger Royal Navy ships. They stoked the story of the Mosquito Fleet for inspirational purposes.

  15. Tangled Web says:

    Oh goody, yet another Hollywood rendition of skewed WW-2 history. “You are to advanced to the coast immediately” – Saint Winston SOT Churchill

  16. GC says:

    I will see this one in IMAX. Thank you IMAX.

  17. Julia Everen says:

    The amount of spoilers here was completely unnecessary. Do a better job at reviewing DeBruge, this was sloppy and unprofessional.

  18. hitler had his chance to obliterate the british at dunkirk but held the german army back under the false belief that churchill would join the german crusade against stalin and russian communism. churchill’s two faced policies ultimately resulted in the cold war.

    • lololee24 says:

      @Walter Haushchildt, you sound “ANGRY” that Churchill misled one of the worse creatures in human existence to so that he could save his own people and shut down a war spearheaded by a little stumpy coward who committed genocide against the Jews.

    • Rudolph Hess knows, but he is dead.

  19. Decker says:

    What I’ve noticed here is that the reporting awful. This is a terrible press release for what seems to be a poor attempt at a film. Hans Zimmer, c’mon can you get any more tacky hollywood. Nolan’s good, but coupled with todays actors his chances of approaching say David Lean status are nil. Variety get better reporters.

    • leavenow says:

      Go somewhere else.

    • Maxwell J says:

      LOL, why does Hollywood attract losers like you? Your comments betray a small-minded little troll in Mommie’s basement sitting in three-day old soiled underwear. Just another unemployable failed Millennial. Pathetic.

      • decker says:

        1: NOT A MILLENNIAL MORON. 2: DON’T NEED TO BE EMPLOYED BY A LOUSY GOOD FOR NOTHING HUMAN RESOURCES JERK WITHOUT ANY ARTISTIC CONSCIENCE LIKE YOURSELF MaXXXWELL

  20. markleggatt says:

    “English soldiers” – quite wrong, I’m afraid. They were French, British and Commonwealth. You’ve left out entire countries, so I think a wee edit is in order.

  21. The first thing that entered my head when I looked at the photo included with this story was that the men all look clean, with clean neat uniforms….not realistic.

  22. troonorth05 says:

    While the word ‘hero’ is often overused by a press, that labels anyone who saves a drowning puppy, or risks danger to himself to chase off a mugger a ‘hero’, true ‘heroism’ can be most clearly seen in the civilians, who took to the seas in virtually anything that could float, to gamble their own lies to join the rescue. It took a special kind of man to sail out from England in an unarmed ‘cockleshell’, brave the best that the Germans could throw against them and return to friendly shores with their precious cargo. Sir Winston Churchill called it “The Miracle of the Little Boats” and it was at least that. We should all aspire to be half the hero, that these men were in the face of all odds.

  23. I am recently disabled and house bound. I cannot see the movie in any theater.
    When is the earliest persons like myself will be able to buy or see the movie at home?

    • s0v3r3ign says:

      James… I’m sorry to hear that… It’s very unfortunate… I’m not trying to force you but many theatres have special access and seats for disabled these days… Try Everyman cinema or Curzon… They’re slightly expensive but Worth the experience… As for your question I believe the date is yet to be announced…

  24. Lee says:

    To bad they didn’t make it look real. Clean soldiers! Clean clothes! the producers don’t know shit

    • Jane says:

      I agree. And none of them ever ever looked cold or shivered despite being in frigid for hours. Seems like the director want the pretty boy actors to look unscathed and clean

  25. Jeff says:

    Looking forward to seeing it, but have to admit I’m over Tom Hardy as an actor. Doesn’t matter the movie, you can’t ever understand a word he says. He seriously needs a diction coach.

  26. After the war the sholders who marched were some of the pows that served five years in a prison camp. They were the ones with no medals!

  27. Bob Crane says:

    Finally a rare adult film about actual history! Not an adolescence’s story about comic book heroes, vampires, zombies, transformer machines, car stealing crews, fictional space genres, et al. It’s jaw dropping at how many “adults” in this country have been dumbed down over the last 25 years. OK, now bring on the b*tth@rt. I’m sure the adult-child fanatics are frothing mad at me. :)

    If its any consolation, I can hardly wait for Fast and Furious 17.

    • Wow. Passive-aggressive much? You insult a large proportion of summer blockbuster fans, then call them “butthurt” if they respond.

      My intelligence is quite healthy, thanks for asking, and I can’t wait to see this movie. On the other hand I couldn’t wait see Wonder Woman, either. It’s nice that DC finally has a big hit on their hands. Does that make me “dumbed down?”

      On the other hand we have someone with an obviously fake name & image bragging about his own superiority. We are not impressed.

    • malibu Hal says:

      HAHAHAHHAHAAH

  28. Billy D says:

    These men are some of the GREATEST EVER PEOPLE. Even when it looked like the end they came together and SAVED a nation. Then with the others SAVED THE WORLD.

  29. I wrote a detailed response in the comments, involving several paragraphs, which accurately explained the historical implications and causes for the Axis military efforts: it disappeared after a few hours.

  30. Trevor wright says:

    Also worth checking out is the Dunkirk Alexa skill. It is a game with a full storyline based on the retreat to Dunkirk plot.

  31. Seth says:

    Nolan is a master of manipulating time. A Nolan version of Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five could be mesmerizing. Billy Pilgrim unstuck in time, the Tralfamadorians seeing in four dimensions, simultaneously observing all points in the space-time continuum and the firebombing of Dresden would be a Nolan epic.

  32. Auburn Rea says:

    When is someone going to make dramatic films of the Dresden firebombing, the Danzig massacre, or Eisenhower’s German concentration camps that killed 2 million?

    • and the Tambov prison camp?

    • if6ws929 says:

      Your comment is an example of how a little bit of knowledge can dangerous. If not the entire book, I suggest reading the 1991 New York Times review: Ike and the Disappearing Atrocities.

    • zippy says:

      Right on!

      • Doug says:

        If they did a Dresden mockumentary, the peaceful city of art and culture would be depicted as a secret Nazi underground nuclear weapon research center, almost ready to unleash its 200,000 megaton warheads on America.

      • Willard E Shank says:

        Yes indeed! And Canadians are still waiting for a movie about the Dieppe Raid.

    • Chris Darling says:

      Eisenhower’s concentration camps? Why do guys like you even draw breath? Two million Germans did not die in any concentration camps on the Western side. The Russians killed about 75% of their captured Germans in work camps. But let’s face it, they were pissed.Maybe the 20 million Russians who died had something to do with that.Stop spreading Neo-Nazi crap on this site which is about the film industry. Of which you are not a part and not wanted.

      • d0ct0rj says:

        Doug – plenty has been written about “Eisenhower-mandated atrocity of open air death camps”, most of it bulls**t (James Bacque, for instance). You can continue to believe this if you refuse to analyze the bogus writing critically and investigate the facts for yourself. Or you can believe the truth…

      • Doug says:

        History, being written by the victors, omits the Eisenhower-mandated atrocity of open air death camps. But you can continue to feel good about this if you refuse to read the facts, and view the photos

        Or, you can know the truth

    • HarveyMushman says:

      Prisoner camps and concentration camps are two completely different things…. When was the last time you saw a Hollywood feature film outlining German atrocities in WW2??? Oh yeah….never….

    • youidiot says:

      2019, 2022 and 2026

  33. Tulse says:

    Simply amazing: such an epic film and no Producton Designer or Costume Designer. How did they do it????

  34. harry georgatos says:

    Nolan’s masterful visual story-telling with minimal dialogue. Pure visual story-telling at it’s best.

  35. better crafted says:

    My home movies are better crafted then a Nolan movie. Over-rated to the

  36. Olrik says:

    Dunkirk was a clear-cut German victory. Hitler allowed the remainder of the British Army to escape because he desired a peace agreement with Britain and did not want lasting bitterness. The German Army was fully capable and in position to totally crush those poor soldiers on the beach…

    • Jeff says:

      Inception was awful.

      • Jackson W says:

        Inception was an exceptional film that was well-received by both audiences & critics alike. Your comments are non-sense, but of course, that’s what trolls like you specialize in.

    • obersthogan says:

      Olrik, I once believed the same theory. However, “AH allowed the British Army to escape because he desired a peace agreement with Britain and did not want lasting bitterness”, also known as “The Golden Bridge” theory is now widely accepted to be a myth. There are no written documents, eyewitness accounts to any conversations, nor any tangible evidence to support this older popular theory. No one knows for certain why AH stopped the advance for three days at Dunkirk. There are several thoughts about “why”. A theory that has gained more traction in recent years is Hitler’s power struggle with the Army high Command. There’s a lengthy background to explain the theory, but not enough space in this comment section to expand. Search it out.

    • youidiot says:

      hahahahahahahahaha

  37. Dunkirk = capitulation

  38. IT--//--IT says:

    ” ALL directors in England and America are SPOOKS.
    ——————————————————- – – SAME goes worldwide. ”
    Miles MATHIS
    2017

    The INTEL RUN Hollywood franchise slum – – – is FINISHED !

  39. IT--//--IT says:

    WWII is over and DONE.

    It has even started to emerge as R & D —disguised— as WAR.

    Oh yes. Check out the pertinent interviews of Jay WEIDNER. Check out Dave J’s youtubes.

    Meanwhile, as RED CHINA handover and EXZTERMINIST ‘management’ uncloak,
    INTEL RUN Hollywood – -‘overlooks’- – – the ‘forgotten’ KOREAN WAR .

    – — TAKE HEED !

  40. Definitely looking forward to this movie. The reviews its garnering are impressive.

  41. Albert Brown says:

    liberals, hail a film about an event that they would demonstrate against and never support or participate in

    • Everett Engbers says:

      There are plenty of ‘liberals’ who have served their country in the military, including this one. So shut your trap.

      • jnsesq says:

        Then those same liberals have since betrayed that country they once served — unless, of course, you believe the Founders wanted Statist/Marxist authoritarianism.

  42. Adolf Hitler says:

    Hitler allowed the English to evacuate because He was a British agent.
    He had England and Russia defeated and turned away at Dunkirk, Moscow and even Antwurp during the battle of the bulge according to Heinz Guderean in his book.
    Nice imagery though

  43. Bill Boy says:

    Why I won’t be watching this film, even though I just might like it…

    “If #DonaldTrump becomes president I wonder if aliens will build a wormhole to help us escape to another galaxy” – Christopher Nolan

    MAGA

    • Andrew Wesker says:

      Nolan never said that.
      That’s because he doesn’t have any social account.
      There is someone out there on twitter who has a Nolan account, he actually has a parody account, but he acts like he’s Nolan.

      Nolan has never ever made any political statements whatsoever, even less about Trump.
      Now stop being an idiot and research the source next time so you don’t embarrass yourself like how you did just now.
      And go see the movie.

    • Daniel Kirkpatrick says:

      That is too bad. I think the movie will be good or great, even though I haven’t seen it yet either. Yes, Nolan hates Trump, and admittedly so do I, but what does that have to do with appreciating art? If you said this or that is great, I would not dispute it just because I have different politics. I like Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy, the Prestige, and Memento. Any of these are great, in my opinion. Now if you watched those movies and feel they fell flat I get it. But if you wan’t see a movie because he insulted your political pick, that is just silly.

  44. Is all that about “Duenkirchen”?

  45. memadmax says:

    Who cares, more hollywood left garbage….

  46. jon green says:

    The real tragedy is that the USA would ever have lost lives in defense of any part of Europe. We need to get out of Zionist NATO now. Let Putin have them if he wants to. The whole Putin fear mongering is also by EU Zionist bankers to defend their own interests. They prefer to use USA bodies in their defense.

    • Aleric Hopp says:

      History is written by the victors! Yes Germany lost the war but their story of military successes that finally appease the losses of WWI and ending England’s constant obsession of controlling the world are very fascinating and should be told.

    • This is a brilliant comment. Happy to see clear thinking people comment about this “good war” as the catastrophe is was for Europeans. Think about it … we fought on behalf of STALIN. His #1 allies became Zionist and now they are Neocons pushing war with Putin. What a scam !!

      • Just more Russophobia………………………

      • Tiberius says:

        Putin sucks. I would take Europe and its pretty boy bankers over Putin and his mafia. See Europe likes to pretend its better than everyone but Putin believes he is better than everyone so he takes what he wants either outright or through his old KGB games. Europe just talks itself to nowhere so it can play its political publicity games. Putin loves Russia not you and so you are in his way no matter what teen idol love you have for him. God bless the UK France and Germany for being wary of Putin…Putin who supports North Korea…Putin who decides where Ukraine’s border should be. Russians are great…Putin not so much.

  47. You are right, mine are disappearing, truth hurts………………..

  48. Dean says:

    I hope that the film doesn’t portray Hitler as a Donald Trump lookalike.

  49. I hope the movie is better than the previews I’ve seen. The previews look just like some cheesy 1980s type of war film.

  50. Bruce Kramer, M.D. says:

    France and Britain should never forget AMERICA came to their rescue in both world wars…
    Without our military strength they’d both be German speaking nations…and the Dunkirk disaster would be made in to a German comedy…

    • youidiot says:

      without brits you wouldnt speak english at all so shut up moron

      • Bruce Kramer, M.D. says:

        Hey you inane dolt…
        Thank gosh we kicked your ass in the Revolutionary War…
        And you obviously know nothing about lingual matters…as our dialect is distinct…
        As I recall…King George and most of Britain’s useless monarchy has German bloodlines…
        So you definetly are the moron…

    • Trevor Phillips says:

      Bruce, don’t worry we don’t forget all those young American men who died to save Europe – and the world perhaps – from the Nazis.

      We also don’t forget the hundreds of thousands of Brits, French, Poles, Czechs, Norwegians, Belgians, Greeks, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders and of course Russians who died in the 2+ years fighting the Nazis before the US weighed in.

      • Rudeboy1 says:

        “Thank gosh we kicked your ass in the Revolutionary War…”

        Whats with the ‘we’?

        With a surname like Kramer I suspect your descendants had very little to do with that inter-anglo squabble….

    • The Belgians and the Dutch haven’t forgotten.

    • Zeke4544 says:

      People from France, Britain, etc often downplay and/or sneer at the USA’s involvement. Never mind that the USA had command in both the Pacific theater and the Western European theater (MacArthur and Eisenhower), and was the decisive factor, being a huge consideration even before official entry into the war. Were it not for US supply lines to Britain (often at risk from roving U-boats) they would have starved and ran out of materiel.

      • E says:

        Those who declare Russia’s dead count means they did more to win the war are wrong. By that theory, if Stalin, who had fought side by side with Hitler in Poland, starting the war, could get more credit if he had managed to get even more of his people killed. Britain also likes to remind us that they were in the war 2 years earlier. A better British foreign policy might have prevented the war. Also, America supplied the UK with billions in war material. Go to NYC and visit the Merchant Marine memorial to see how many American civilian sailors died getting that stuff to them. We did the same for the Russians. They supplemented their forces with American tanks, trucks and planes. They used American radios and ate Spam. Britain paid off their war debts but Russia never did, claiming the world owed them for their disastrous military mistakes that killed millions of them.The US also fought the Japanese with little support from Britain. Russia didn’t take on Japan till the last days of the war when their defeat was certain. They still hold Japanese territory as spoils. Other countries fought valiantly but it wasn’t without our help and it wasn’t till the US entered that Nazi Germany started to crumble. We suffered fewer casualties than Russia but it was because our forces were victorious.

      • Dotty Patrick says:

        Zeke, Zeke…MacArthur had command of the Pacific Theater? You forget the U.S. Navy(Bull Halsey, Spruance, King) and the U.S. Marine Corp (Vandergrift) and the countless souls that followed them into harms way…..the Navy Pilots that flew the torpedo bombers at Midway (all save one died that day..Ensign GeorgeGay) that turned the tide of the pacific war, the sailors in the Battle of the Coral Sea, and the marines that fought on islands from Guadalcanal to the shores of Japan, my Dad was one of them. Semper FI!… and we should also Honor the men and women trapped on Corregidor and suffered the Bataan death march…all of them in service to our country.
        A Navy Wife

      • youidiot says:

        waste of time tom, these people dont understand the truth

      • Tom Godfrey says:

        The bulk of the fighting in the war was done by England and Russia. That is a fact and a matter of history. While it is true the war would not have been won without the USA involvement. It was the Brits who halted the Nazi advance to the west and it was the Russians that received the full fury of the Nazi’s to the east. One need not look any further than the casualty statistics to understand that.

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