1917 movie poster
During WWI, young British soldiers Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Schofield (George MacKay) are tasked with going behind enemy lines to deliver a message to advancing troops that a German trap awaits them. If the messengers don't arrive in time, there will be a massacre that includes Blake's brother (Richard Madden).

This sensational war drama presents the familiar deadly mission scenario in a unique way. Director Sam Mendes ("Skyfall"), who co-wrote the script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, draws
the audience into the action. With the help of acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins and editor Lee Smith, the entire movie feels like one camera/one take from beginning to end. Frighteningly realistic, the audience is taken on a deadly journey where gripping suspense never lets up. Casting two relatively unknown actors in the lead roles lends further authenticity. George MacKay ("Defiance") and Dean-Charles Chapman (TV's "Game of Thrones") exceed expectations as the pressured and driven soldiers with a daunting assignment. A few recognizable actors appear along the way. Among them are Colin Firth as General Erinmore, Benedict Cumberbatch as Colonel MacKenzie and Mark Strong as Captain Smith. Complementing the action is a resounding music score by Thomas Newman. It all adds up to a glorious cinematic achievement. One of the year's best films, "1917" is enveloping and explosive. (4/5 CAMS)

Rated R (for violence, some disturbing images, and language)
Running Time: 119 minutes

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