In WWI, two British soldiers are ordered to cross the German frontlines to deliver a message to halt an upcoming attack and save 1600 soldiers.
Directed by Sam Mendes
Written by Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Starring George MacKay, Dean Charles Chapman, Colin Firth, Andrew Scott, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden
Oscar Wins - Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects,
Best Sound Mixing
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Makeup, Best Production Design, Best Original Score (Thomas Newman), Best Sound Editing
1917 is a revolutionary film that will no doubt go down in history as one of the most ambitious, intense, and cinematically brilliant war movies ever made. The film is shot and edited to resemble one continuous take that's filmed in real time, something that's only been done a handful of times and never this seamlessly. Sam Mendes has truly achieved something special with this drama that drops audiences deep into the heart of no man's land at the height of World War I, where the British and the German forces were neck and neck, and the French countryside was decimated.
George MacKay and Dean Charles Chapman are Lance Corporals Schofield and Blake, two soldiers who are ordered to deliver a message to the German frontlines. The British soldiers are about to walk into a trap, where 1600 soldiers will be massacred. If Schofield and Blake don't deliver the message, they'll all die, including Blake's brother (Madden). What follows is an intense, beautifully filmed journey through the battlefield of World War I. The performances are superb, the story is simple but highly effective, and Thomas Newman's haunting score is a perfect soundtrack to one of the most devastating events in world history.
1917 was making waves even before its wide release in the United States, but now that it's out and I've gotten to see it, I can say without a doubt that this is the film to beat at the Oscars this year. It's an unforgettable war drama that'll stay with me forever. The way it's filmed will absolutely be imitated constantly over the next few years but never duplicated. If you get a chance, go experience this masterpiece in a theater, the way it was meant to be seen.