As is typical with Nolan movies, the focus in this film seems to be the psychological aspect of waging war. The allied soldiers along the French coastline (like Cillian Murphy) have nowhere to run from the surrounding German forces; a good deal of the film seems to deal with how they manage the mental toll of what's coming, with shots and footage depicting as many moments of internal struggle as they do external.
Nolan's critics have steadily maintained the director's films lack beating heart alongside their cerebral dynamics; we have wonder if Dunkirk will be end in inspired fashion, or simply ruminate on the permanent psychological scars of warfare.
...The latter may not be that fun of a viewing experience.
"Dunkirk" features a prestigious cast, including Tom Hardy ("The Revenant," "Mad Max: Fury Road," "The Dark Knight Rises"), Mark Rylance ("Bridge of Spies," "The BFG"), Kenneth Branagh ("My Week with Marilyn," "Hamlet," "Henry V") and Cillian Murphy ("Inception," "The Dark Knight" Trilogy), as well as newcomer Fionn Whitehead. The ensemble cast also includes Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D'Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan and Tom Glynn-Carney.
The film is being produced by Nolan and Emma Thomas ("Interstellar," "Inception," "The Dark Knight" Trilogy). Jake Myers ("The Revenant," "Interstellar," "Jack Reacher") is serving as executive producer.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema ("Interstellar," "Spectre," "The Fighter"), production designer Nathan Crowley ("Interstellar," "The Dark Knight" Trilogy), editor Lee Smith ("The Dark Knight" Trilogy, "Elysium"), costume designer Jeffrey Kurland ("Inception," "Bullets Over Broadway"), and visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson ("Mad Max: Fury Road").
Dunkirk will be in theaters July 21, 2017.
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