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1917 (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Hard-hitting, immersive, and an impressive technical achievement, 1917 captures the trench warfare of World War I with raw, startling immediacy.

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At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic's George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones' Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers--Blake's own brother among them.

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George MacKay
as Lance Corporal Schofield
Dean-Charles Chapman
as Lance Corporal Blake
Mark Strong (II)
as Captain Smith
Andrew Scott
as Lieutenant Leslie
Richard Madden
as Lieutenant Joseph Blake
Colin Firth
as General Erinmore
Benedict Cumberbatch
as Colonel Mackenzie
Jamie Parker
as Lieutenant Richards
Nabhaan Rizwan
as Sepoy Jondalar
Adrian Scarborough
as Major Hepburn
Daniel Mays
as Sergeant Sanders
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The film is thrilling, moving on effectively from one shocking set piece to another, studding the narrative too with starry cameos.

January 14, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's a tense, unnerving ride that accomplishes its goal of translating the first-person experience of war better than any war movies that have come before it. It's a level up.

January 13, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

From the sole perspective of the filmmaking craft, "1917" is worth a watch.

January 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

While Mendes didn't shrink from displaying the vivid imagination of a suburban horndog, he's unwilling to face the imagination of the valorous combatants of "1917."

January 10, 2020 | Full Review…

1917's ambitious gambit soon becomes a double-edged sword: it brings us closer to these men, but sets them apart from the collective experiences it seeks to memorialise.

January 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/5

If Mendes' film-making has sometimes felt to have not fully outgrown his beginnings in theatre, 1917 is wildly cinematic, a movie that makes you feel the breath of mortality on your neck.

January 8, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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