1917

 (803)8.31 h 58 min2020X-RayR
When the British army receives vital intel about German battle plans, two British corporals are sent across enemy lines in a race to deliver the message in time and prevent 1,600 men from blindly walking into an attack.
Directors
Sam Mendes
Starring
George MacKayDean-Charles ChapmanMark Strong
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]

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Supporting actors
Andrew Scott
Producers
Sam MendesPippa HarrisJayne-Ann TenggrenCallum McDougall
Studio
Storyteller Distribution Co.,
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.3 out of 5 stars

803 global ratings

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Author Dr. Trina BoiceReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stunning
Stunning technique and talent in perfect form. Written and directed by Sam Mendes, this riveting movie has immense meaning because it was actually inspired by Sam Mendes’ own grandfather’s experiences in WWI and based on his book Autobiography Of Alfred H. Mendes, 1897-1991 (The UWI Press Biography Series) and the movie was made in his memory.
TIPS FOR PARENTS:
Some profanity and F-bombs.
You see dead horses and bodies (all prosthetic, of course), complete with circling flies, rats, and black crows.
You see a man’s life blood drain from his face.
Spoken French with subtitles
You see a man kill another man with his hands like in that devastating scene in Saving Private Ryan. That scene has haunted me for years.

THINGS I LIKED:

Fantastic cinematography by 14 times Academy Award nominee Roger Deakins. Surely the work he does in this movie will win him an Oscar. I loved the long sequences in the beginning of 1917 when they walked through the trenches. The entire film is shot and edited to make it look like one long, single shot that takes place in real time. Wow. Seriously, the camera work is next level. For example, the camera keeps running from the ground level, water level, and over the shoulder in incredibly realistic shots that make you feel like you’re standing right next to the characters in the middle of all the action.
The cast is very good and includes excellent performances by George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Scott, and Richard Madden.
Some salty humor provided by Andrew Scott’s character. It’s the only time the audience I sat with laughed.
The music provides a feeling of non-stop tension yet doesn’t become monotonous.
How they prepared the fields and landscapes to really look like war-torn Europe was truly amazing.
I loved how Blake hurt his hand on barbed wire at the very beginning of his journey so that he had to continue babying it amidst his struggles.
For a truly visceral experience, watch this movie on the biggest screen you can.
I loved the way the movie began and ended. Perfect.
It doesn’t feel like a Hollywood movie where everyone has endless ammunition. It feels real.
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354 people found this helpful
fin22Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
This film is LAME
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The story is LAME even if is based on some truth , poorly written. I was looking forward to see this, but the writers should give their money back for writing this BS.

Let me write this story two solders are given orders to get to the men on the front line to stop them from going into a trap by the Germans.
they are given maybe 13 hours to get the job done.
On the way , they are almost run down by an airplane crashing into the ground, and they help the German pilot out of the burning plan, while one goes to get some water guse what happens to the other soldier , the Greman stabs the soldier and then we watch him die. The writers must have mailed that scene in, it has been done so many times . no originality.
Then here is the best part the remaining soldier get a ride from another squad and guess what the bridge is out and he has to go alone.
While crossing the river the germans start shooting at him and shoots back and goes to see if the german is killed, get this he gets to the room where the shooting come from, as he opens the door the german is sitting on the floor and they both shoot each other, the scene fads away then comes back in the British soldeire is shoot in the the head some place bleeding and it is night time. Then he chaced by the germans and lands in th basement of building where he finds you guessed it a woman with baby .
Then he chased again by the germans who by the way are very bad shots, he runs for a very long time thru the ruins of the town and jumps into the river to get way. So this guy is suppose to be shot some way in the head area losing blood the river has rapids and a fall, and this guy survived.
Gets to the squad of men he to deliver the letter just as the are about attack the germans, barley able to stand looks like he is on his last leg , and the next scene he looks like he has had 8 hours of sleep and running like hell .
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jwwReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Piece of art!
1917 is about two World War I soldiers (George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) who are given a very important mission: travel across enemy territory and inform the leader of 1,600 of their brothers-in-arms that they're walking into a trap. This is an incredible piece of cinema!!!

This movie is really a ride with sort of a dreamlike feel to it as the characters are taken from one unpredictable situation to another unable to know if they'll encounter friend or foe.

Director Sam Mendes already showed in Skyfall that he commands an excellent visual style but this is a whole other level. The movie is filmed to give the illusion of one full tracking shot. Every moment the camera looks like it's following the characters. It is quite an achievement. Besides the tracking, the film also does a great job of deciding what elements of the scene to focus on.

The scenery in this is a thing of ethereal beauty. The characters travel through a constantly shifting landscape, from trenches to abandoned farms and so forth. Even the worse of environments look good. In my opinion, the war torn town at night scene is one of the best images in film history.

The one aspect that didn't always quite work for me was the music. Don't get me wrong. it's not bad. The issue is that the tracking shot gives a very natural, engrossing feel to what's going on. Suddenly, the music will boom loudly and take you out it.

Overall, I highly recommend this. This is a truly stunning flick.
74 people found this helpful
Active EngineerReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Horrible Movie
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Horrible, acting, directing, writing. . . .it's a slop of crap. CGI rats, random waves with no wind on tiny ponds, don't turn right or left, keep running straight away from that plane. . . oh, and try to force your bleeding friend to keep moving cause that's how you stop bleeding. . .I have no idea how this movie was nominated for anything. I bought it and couldn't even finish it. My spouse was like, come on, we paid money lets keep trying, but 30 minutes in even she was said she couldn't take anymore.
36 people found this helpful
JustusReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful, Harrowing.
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It's good to see a movie with honorable protagonists attempting to do good against impossible odds.

Visually, the movie is stunning. The acting is quite good.

Yes, there are some minor plotholes but they're not exactly worth complaining about (how'd the note stay dry?).

People complaining about the location being ambiguous are nincompoops. It hardly matters. Other complaints like the protagonists lack of urgency can best be chalked up to EXTREME FATIGUE, DUH.

Overall one of the best movies I've seen in recent years.
35 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you want ridiculous action, go watch a Marvel movie. This ain't the film for you.
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This is a character story. It's not shallow, mindless entertainment. If you appreciate good cinematography, direction, musical scores, and great acting, you'll probably love it as much as I did.

If you're expecting a war film like Saving Private Ryan, or Midway, maybe you won't like it. It's a steady paced film that requires a reasonable attention span. There isn't a ton of dialogue but it isn't needed either.

The concept that the director used to make this film is really cool, and unlike any war film I've ever seen. I've watched it twice now and would watch it again.
22 people found this helpful
JimReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
If you expect Apocalypse Now, you will be fine.
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It is very much not a war
movie. This is an artsy, critic-loving movie. I hate when you want to scream at the TV because they keep making nonsense choices and keep losing because of those nonsense choices. It felt like a ride of extrordinary, nonsensical, impossible events, more than a story. I appreciate all of the effort that went into this... It's just not what was promised based on trailers and ads.
17 people found this helpful
Sea CayReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
I have read comic books with more depth and reality than this!
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I have read comic books with more depth and reality than this. It is sadly yet-another-special-effects-instead-of-substance, farce. As I started watching, I kept noticing illogical, unhistorical, and totally silly gaffs. At first, I tried to be patient, but as the movie droned on and on, and the gross errors kept accumulating, my patience waned. This movie belongs essentially to the semi-super-hero-genre; and is mostly a linked list of old war movie cliches. Unfortunately, its superficiality and trivialization of events contribute to a very disturbing insult to the memories of those who actually fought in that horrific war. It is very sad that this piece of inane movie making passes for acceptable cinema.
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