Critics are raving about upcoming war film ‘1917’ from Skyfall director Sam Menes.
What separates 1917 is the fact that it has been shot to appear as if it’s entirely in one take, and after early reviews it sounds like a late dark horse Oscar contender.
The synopsis for the WWI epic reads:
‘At the height of the First World War during Spring 1917 in northern France, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission to deliver a message which will warn of an ambush during one of the skirmishes soon after the German retreat to the ‘Hindenburg Line’ during ‘Operation Alberich’.
The pair find themselves racing against time, getting behind enemy lines to deliver the warning and stop 1,600 men from walking into a deadly trap.
The cast is absolutely massive, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Doctor Strange), Colin Firth (Kingsman) and Richard Madden (Game of Thrones).
Awards Circuit‘s Clayton Davis called 1917 ‘the best war film since Saving Private Ryan. The cinematography of the year. The cinematography of the decade. Thomas Newman’s orchestral masterpiece. Sam Mendes’ gift to cinema.’, while The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw called the film ‘ambitious and unshakeable storytelling… an amazingly audacious film; as exciting as a heist movie, disturbing as a sci-fi nightmare.’
We personally can’t wait to see it - it should hopefully hit Kiwi screens early next year! Catch the trailer up top.