Ryan Lambie Jul 21, 2017
Pared back to its essentials, Christopher Nolan
is all the more effective for its lack of on-screen villains, Ryan writes...
Nb: The following contains spoilers for Dunkirk
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"You. You are surrounded," read the leaflets fluttering down on a handful of troops in Dunkirk
's spectacular opening shot. As a way of setting a scene without resorting to a metric tonne of expository dialogue, it's bold and eerie in its minimalism. What immediately jumps out in writer-director Christopher Nolan
's latest film, in fact, is how stripped down it is.
Some filmmakers might have taken a more grandiose approach to such a momentous historical event - the mass evacuation of occupied France in 1940, which saw as many as 400,000 Allied troops trapped by the German army on the beaches of Dunkirk
. And yet, while Dunkirk
is far from short on spectacle,