Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Nov 2020)
Brief Synopsis – In the final days of WWI, a group of British officers in the trenches must deal with the physical and mental tolls that the battlefield has taken from them and their men.
My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and knew nothing about before watching it.
They do a wonderful job depicting the mental and physical anguish that these men faced in the trenches a century ago, but it reflects the way men always act in similar situations in subsequent wars and conflicts.
The story is told really well and the dialogue is superbly written in order to help the audience identify even stronger with the characters who each are developed really well along the way especially due to the stressful and desperate situations that they all find themselves in.
This film is based on a play written 90 years ago, yet still feels very relevant and poignant in all that it says.
The cast is splendid with Paul Betttany, Sam Claflin and Asa Butterfield giving great and powerful performances here.
This is a story that expertly shows the way that fear affects soldiers in powerful ways internally as they attempt to find ways to stay alive amidst the chaotic times of war filled with lots of danger and horrors along the way.
Bottom Line – Gripping and poignant look at the horror of war and how they can affect both the mental and physical capacities of men The characters are developed really well by the great dialogue which helps them all come to life under these very stressful situation. The cast is superb with Bettany, Claflin and especially Butterfield giving us some powerful performances. The story really shows the fears that men face internally while trying to find a way to survive the dangers and horrors of the way that war is fought. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – While researching his family history, Sam Claflin discovered that his great-great-grandfather was in a battalion posted to the Battle of St. Quentin–the same battle depicted at the end of the film. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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