Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan.
Dartmoor,1914: To his wife's dismay farmer Narracott buys a thoroughbred horse rather than a plough animal, but when his teenaged son Albert trains the horse and calls him Joey, the two becoming inseparable. When his harvest fails, the farmer has to sell Joey to the British cavalry and he is shipped to France where, after a disastrous offensive he is captured by the Germans and changes hands twice more before he is found, caught in the barbed wire in No Man's Land four years later and freed. He is returned behind British lines where Albert, now a private, has been temporarily blinded by gas, but still recognizes his beloved Joey. However, as the Armistice is declared Joey is set to be auctioned off. After all they have been through will Albert and Joey return home together? Written by
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Original author Michael Morpurgo's original story evolved from a chance meeting with three surviving WW1 soldiers at his local bar in Iddesleigh, Devon, Morpurgo's English hometown. After a number of meetings with the former members of the Devon yeomanry, and consultations with the Imperial War Museums (IWM), Morpurgo was able to structure a story based on the experiences of the veterans and their poignant accounts of, not just human slaughter on the battlefield, but also the wholesale carnage and starvation of horses. See more »
The early stages are set in Devon, UK but the village houses are all of Cotswold stone, not usually found in Devon. See more »
I'm not sure that I watched the same flick as most of the other reviewers. This movie tries desperately to be epic in every scene. And fails. It feels like a handful of trailers all strung together with poor script, sketchy acting, and no character development. While the movie was set in beautiful areas, the cinematography did not reflect this.
I found myself laughing...a lot. Don't get me wrong, I still see the potential for a great story, but it wasn't delivered here--unless of course you just want fluff masquerading as something grand. I am exceedingly disappointed in the movie. I hoped the outcome would reflect such a vast and emotional subject, but alas, no such luck.
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