1917

1917

1917

Two young British soldiers attempt to deliver a message that could save 1,600 men in this continuous-shot WWI drama from Sam Mendes (Skyfall). Winner of Best Director and Best Film at the 2020 BAFTAs and Golden Globes.

At the height of WWI, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay, Captain Fantastic) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman, Game of Thrones) must cross enemy territory in a race against time to deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers - Blake's own brother among them.

Best Cinematography, Visual Effects & Sound Mixing, Academy Awards 2020; Best Director & Motion Picture (Drama), Golden Globes 2020; Best Film, Director, Visual Effects, Cinematography, Production Design, Sound and Outstanding British Film, BAFTAs 2020
2020Rating: R13, Depicts graphic & realistic war scenes119 minsUSA, UK
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1917 / Reviews

Flicks

Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

1917 works fantastically as a pulse-pounding thriller set against the backdrop of the end of WWI. Technically, it’s absolutely extraordinary, but it says very little about the war itself, or war in general, or much at all, which is a missed opportunity.

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Film School Rejects

Film School Rejects

Might just be the most captivating and intense war film you've seen in decades.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

A highly convincing welter of dirt, exhaustion, and decay...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

One of the best war films of all time...

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Film Threat

Film Threat

Surrounds the viewer in the urgent firsthand experience.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Turns one of the most catastrophic episodes in modern times into an exercise in preening showmanship.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Like watching someone else playing a video game for two solid hours...

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Salon

Salon

(1917) lacks the emotional punch this story requires to make it a lasting impact.

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CNN

CNN

Unfolds with considerable sensitivity, offering plenty of haunting images while capturing the chaos and fear of trench warfare...

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BBC

BBC

Tense, exhilarating and profoundly moving.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

An immersive war film that's low on plot but high on blistering action.

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The Straits Times

The Straits Times

One leaves the cinema feeling the story in the gut.

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Financial Times

Financial Times

1917 is wildly cinematic, a movie that makes you feel the breath of mortality on your neck.

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The Irish Times

The Irish Times

A slice of prestige British film-making that nimbly avoids accusations of heritage cosiness.

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

Nothing short of heart-stopping, head-expanding and torridly affecting cinema.

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The Australian

The Australian

At the same time exhilarating, nerve-racking and inspirational.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Thematically, 1917 is disappointingly shallow, but technically, it is undeniably impressive.

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail

A stunning film, fully deserving of all the gongs that will end up on the already-crowded Mendes mantelpiece.

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Newshub

Newshub

The horrors of war are driven home with urgent kinetic intimacy... It's hard to watch, but it feels important that we do.

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News.com.au

News.com.au

It's an immersive, visceral and meticulously crafted film that has the emotional stakes to match.

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Times of India

Times of India

1917 is tense, captivating, meticulous, horrifying and stirring - an exceptional achievement in filmmaking.

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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

Inspired by a tale of war his grandad had told him, Mendes co-wrote the story with rising-star screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, a 31-year-old Scot with a deep interest in military history who has been touring European battlefields from a young age. Together, the pair have nailed that imperative for engaging war storytelling: an intimate story told within a grand and horrific context.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

A triumph of style, and a beautiful looking film, it’s just a pity it didn’t have more to say.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

The experience of watching 1917 is enveloping, overwhelming, confronting. I've just spent two years studying the Western Front for a book, and this recreation is hard to fault – from the ramshackle British trenches to the precision-engineered German earthworks and deep dugouts that made them so immovable.

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Stuff

Stuff

A war film that will take you on both a physical and emotional journey, 1917 is likely to be remembered as one of the great movies of 2020.

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Variety

Variety

Astonishing as his filmmaking can be at times, it's Mendes' attention to character, more than the technique, that makes "1917" one of 2019's most impressive cinematic achievements.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This is a protean display of virtuoso filmmaking, one that film aesthetes will wallow in but that even ordinary audiences will note and appreciate.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

An amazingly audacious film; as exciting as a heist movie, disturbing as a sci-fi nightmare.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

It may be a grandiose flourish, but you can't deny it makes for a startlingly literal theater of war.

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South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post

A visceral World War I movie that is both technically masterful and emotionally devastating. It's easily the best film of Mendes' career.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Although 1917's filmmaking very much brings attention to itself, it's an astonishing piece of filmmaking, portraying war with enormous panache. This is big-screen bravado, and then some.

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Total Film

Total Film

It's a staggering technical achievement, one that will see Roger Deakins retaining his unofficial Greatest Living Cinematographer crown.

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