Dunkirk

Dunkirk

DVD - 2017
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A World War II action thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold.
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC DUN
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (106 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, Descriptive Audio 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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TheeAvebury
Feb 18, 2018

I have watched virtually every WWII film ever made, but have never seen as an original masterpiece as Dunkirk. Those who are familiar with the history of the evacuation of the British army from the French beaches of Dunkirk in 1940 may have seen the past dry/unremarkable film and documentary versions recounting this event.This film is a complete 180 degree turn in both the visual and very intense soundtrack experience. The scenes in which we see the Spitfire pilot(s) in the cockpit and their unique aerial perspective(s) are poignant and memorable, to say the very least, even after several months since seeing the film. While most films present a 2 dimensional 'watching from a distance' experience, Dunkirk puts the viewer on the beach and in the cockpit of that Spitfire with the feeling of being a first-person participant. The result is a refreshingly unique take on a 'been-there-done-that' subject, and done in a way unmatched in modern war film history. The subtle cinematic nuances that continue throughout this film are simply icing on an already well crafted cake.

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VonHafenstaaad
Feb 15, 2018

This was an excellent movie that leaves you with a deeper appreciation of history and of its many heroes. We highly recommend it. It is neither sensationalized or overstated.

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Calvacade
Feb 15, 2018

The fact that the enemy is not seen until the final moments of this film says a great deal about what it sets out to achieve. It's not about glory in combat, brothers in arms, or grit in the face of enemy fire: it's about standing up and continuing to fight after a colossal defeat. It's about ordinary tea-drinking and jam-on-toast eating Englishmen surviving to return home and offer the worlds best hope against the Nazis while the rest waited and hoped that it was all a bad dream. On the first viewing, I liked this film. On second and subsequent viewings I have grown to love it. The soundtrack, sense of impending doom, and visual splendor combine to produce a masterpiece depicting the struggle at sea and in the air to save those that fought on the land in the opening (and often untold) salvos of the Second World War. Watch it and you wont be disappointed!

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davidbsmith
Feb 11, 2018

I agree with the postings below. What a disappointment. This was a horribly conceived concoction. The movie was founded on sensationalist approaches that one supposes were supposed to engage the viewer - how many times do we have to see a near drowning? The absence of plot points or any crafted dialog was perhaps an artistic touch, if so, I missed it. A dreadful bag of predictable cliches, viz the pilots running low on fuel, the staunch British admirable played horribly by Kenneth Brenaugh. Speaking of which, why all the close ups on actors faces? Were we supposedly sympathizing with them?
Most overrated movie since "The Hobbit."

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MartineVK
Feb 10, 2018

Like so many people here and on IMDB, I was surprised and disappointed by this film. It is not what the publicity lead us to believe it would be. I'm not into action films or blockbusters, but this was supposed to cost $150m and I, like many others, can't see where they spent it. Not on extras or CGI that's for sure. The beach looks to have only about one thousand men. There were 400,000 men waiting for evacuation. There looks to be only one guy playing a wounded man on a stretcher. Literally ONE guy. The buildings look newer than 1940 and the train the men get into after making it back home, is from the 1980s.

There is very little dialogue. As someone who loathes Terrence Malick's films without scripts, if I had known this, I would never have bothered with this "film." There is also no backstory. I'll be going to the BBC documentary on Dunkirk to get that info. There are no characters to care about. Oh and Tom Hardy does a Steve McQueen in The Great Escape type thing at the end. I guess when you're a star, they have to let you play the hero.

Don't bother with this film, unless you want to be frustrated, bored and irritated. (Some reviews below and on IMDB are much more eloquent than me in stating how much of a failure this film is. Read them if you are inclined.)

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BPDaegan
Feb 07, 2018

Unclear ... I guess the intent of this film was to give some of the feeling/experience of the men involved in the Dunkirk situation -- BUT that the film was NOT about reenacting the history. I think this film would have been strengthened alone had it started out giving the back story ... why England was in Dunkerque France, what the British Expeditionary Force was, what their skill level was and how it compared to the Germans/Nazi forces, how long they had been in France, how the fighting had gone for the Brits, that they got their ____ handed to them, how the wisest thing to do had become to retreat to the beaches and back to England, and now they're here in this film ... not to mention that England had a lack of ships to recovery their men so they engaged their civilians. As literary who / what / when / where / why / how goes ...... one could argue that little if any OR NONE of this was established. Where's the story of this history, where's the history in this story? If you're not familiar with the history, watch "BBC History of World War II", one of the first discs in this series will do you far better than this film ever will.

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Feb 07, 2018

I was a little disappointed with the movie, although it was quite well done. I personally knew men that were on these beaches. And what they did not show was plane after German plane came down and along those beaches using their machine guns on the aircraft. Every man was a sitting duck with no cover. The movie doesn't show that at all. Just the occasional bomb or two.
And I think they should have shown more of the heroism of the civilian small boats that went out to save these men. Shallow British waters around England can be very rough sea's. and many were just pleasure craft boats.

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ForrestGump
Feb 07, 2018

Nolan is normally very good, and I own most of his films, but this by far is his worst film. What was he thinking? The film does not capture the scope, the agony the decision makers went through (who are not shown at all), the efforts of both sides in the battle, nor the individual heroics. I know a movie is bad when I start fast-forwarding. Skip this and watch the BBC special by the same title.

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patch666
Feb 06, 2018

Outstanding film !!!!!!! great film making ~420

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Paul_Zukowski
Feb 06, 2018

Star and a half for the effort it would have taken for this movie. I watched this in theaters and I won't be getting it from the Library because the movie besides an exciting introduction ends up feeling really long with messy timelines while also adding to your hatred of mosquitoes with the constant whining drone of planes.

Definitely a hyped up movie that is just about the spectacle and nothing else so I can't say it's really that interesting.

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reginator_22
Jan 30, 2018

Blind Man: Well done, lads. Well done.

Alex: All we did is survive.

Blind Man: That's enough.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

He didn't kill anyone. He was just looking for a way off the sand, like the rest of us.
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Where's the bloody air force?
-The navy's requisitioned her.
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No French soldiers. No French soldiers. No. No, no French. English only. English only past this point. No. It's a British ship. No, you have your own ships.
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Dunkirk's so far. Why can't they just load at Calais?
-The enemy had something to say about it.
Ah, down here we're sitting ducks.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

Colonel, you're gonna have to decide how many more wounded to evacuate. One stretcher takes the space of seven standing men.
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What about the French?
-Publicly, Churchill's told them, "Bras dessous." Arm in arm, leaving together.
And privately?
-We need our army back.
How many men are they talking about, sir?
-Churchill wants 30,000. Ramsay's hoping we can give him 45.
There are 400,000 men on this beach, sir.
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He feels safer on deck. You would too if you'd been bombed.
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What's wrong with your friend?
-He's looking for a quick way out. In case we go down.

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A bloody frog. A cowardly little queue-jumping frog.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

As soon as he pokes his head out, they'll slaughter him.
-Better him than me.
It's not fair.
- Survival's not fair. No, it's shit. It's fear, and it's greed. Fate pushed through the bowels of men.
Shit. He saved our lives.
-And he's about to do it again.
No, don't! Stop!
-Somebody's gotta get off, so the rest of us can live. If you wanna volunteer...
Fxck no. I'm going home. And if this is the price? I'll live with it. But it's wrong.
-Go on!
One man's not going to make enough difference.
-You'd best hope it does, because you'd be volunteering next.
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You're RAF?
-No. Not me. My brother. He flew Hurricanes. Died third week into the war.
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Well done. Well done, lads. Well done.
-All we did is survive.
That's enough.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

Part 1 of 2 -- Ending voice over of Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 4 June 1940:
"Wars are not won by evacuations. But there was a victory inside this deliverance, which should be noted. Our thankfulness at the escape of our army must not blind us to the fact that what has happened in France and Belgium is a colossal military disaster. We must expect another blow to be struck almost immediately. 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... "

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

Part 2 of 2 -- Ending voice over of Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 4 June 1940:
"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 staring, 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."

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reginator_22
Feb 14, 2018

Violence: War violence, gun violence.

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AMerr22
Oct 17, 2017

Violence: Its a PG-13 war movie so there's some violence, but nothing to bad.

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AMerr22
Oct 17, 2017

AMerr22 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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