The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.
Tommy: It's not fair...!
Alex: Survival's not fair!
Blind Man: Well done, lads. Well done.
Alex: All we did is survive.
Blind Man: That's enough.
Tommy: [last dialogue] We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be...
Tommy: We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets. We shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. and even if this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.
HOME RUN, AGAIN
Christopher Nolan has done it again! I do not know any other director who has done brilliant films one after another. Even Stanley Kubrick had some low moments in his career.
After the excellent The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar, Nolan directs yet another masterpiece.
The main theme is beautifully crafted. This isn't a story about heroes fighting the axis of evil. It is about young kids simply trying to find ways to live. It is about the persistence of life, which leads to heroism but not for the sake of heroism itself.
As an audience, we do not want to experience this film. Because we feel odd and do not want to be underwater, struggling for our own life. But that's the journey we will go through and there is a strong sense of suspense throughout the film.
Time is yet again a main theme in this film. What I really loved is how Christopher Nolan and his editor intertwined this film.
Nolan told this himself at the time of the release of the film. This is his most experimental film to date.
The music of the film is also quite experimental and while it is not a melodic music, it perfectly fits the film. Hans Zimmer is clearly one of the biggest names in terms of soundtracks.
Finally, the film is not only about survival, but also about collective effort. In an era where many people idolize self-billionaires and celebrities, this is a story about a collective effort. While the comparison may feel odd, we clearly do not live in the same era.
I give this film a 10 out of 10. Once again, a masterpiece from Christopher Nolan, which is now officially my all-time favorite filmmaker.