1917

1917 is a 2019 British epic war film directed, co-written, and produced by Sam Mendes.

The film stars George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, with Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The film tells the story of two young British soldiers during the First World War who are ordered to deliver a message calling off an attack doomed to fail soon after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberich in 1917.

The film won Oscars for Cinematography, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.

This is an intense film. From the start the tension is on as the young soldier is given a task. And he’s off. The single continuous shot style adds to the tension, dragging the viewer along through the trenches, across fields and through a hell-scape of fire damaged buildings. It’s an impressive visual feat. But it still delivers an emotional impact.

The story is very simple, but my issue would be with the Mark Strong character. He should have understood the importance of the task and assigned soldiers to help.

An impressive film, and deserving of its ten Oscar nominations.