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1917

8.0
12,936
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Synopsis
Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers' brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
"A visual knockout (...) This is a protean display of virtuoso filmmaking, one that film aesthetes will wallow in but that even ordinary audiences will note and appreciate."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Richard Lawson
Vanity Fair
"One of the year’s mightiest technical achievements (...) It’s a staggering piece of filmmaking, admirable both for its complexity and its control"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Debruge
Variety
"[Mendes depicts] WWI as we’ve never seen it: simultaneously horrific and beautiful, immersive and detached, immediate and impossibly far removed from our own experience."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Jim Vejvoda
IGN
"One of the best films of 2019 (...) An expertly crafted and emotionally exhausting thrill-ride behind enemy lines. Gloriously shot, deftly paced, and striking in its gruesome recreation of the time and place"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Kate Erbland
IndieWire
"Mendes finds plenty of success with sequences that bridge the divide between forward movement and emotional reflection (...) The message is blunt but always effective"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"A technical accomplishment — and a deeply felt tale of heroism under fire (...) Rating: ★★★★½ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Johnny Oleksinski
New York Post
"A new war movie classic (...) Most of that credit goes to Mendes for balancing the tech and the acting technique (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Crow
Den of Geek
"A hauntingly evocative work that is likely to change how war stories are filmed, and how we process their lessons a century later (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Scott Mendelson
Forbes
"Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins have created something truly unique (...) MacKay and Chapman are excellent"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times
"Genuinely uninterested in glorifying the spectacle of war, Mendes deploys technological trickery in pursuit of a new kind of cinematic truth. I think he half succeeds"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
"'1917' is certainly a technical marvel, not just for Deakins but also for the brilliant sound work, visual effects, and Lee Smith’s editing"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
"[Roger Deakins] effectively drops the viewer into the center of the story and compels them to stay there (...) The film belongs to Chapman and more than anyone, MacKay"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"Masterpiece (...) An amazingly audacious film; as exciting as a heist movie, disturbing as a sci-fi nightmare (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Kevin Maher
The Times
"Sam Mendes delivers the film of his career (...) A rolling, charging, jumping, diving non-stop action extravaganza (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Fionnuala Halligan
Screendaily
"[The director] should be lauded for his boldness (...) There’s an audacity here which is completely unexpected"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Clarisse Loughrey
The Independent
"[It] exposes the limitations of immersive filmmaking (...) While Sam Mendes' two-take structure works well for ramping up the claustrophobia, it also necessitates constant action (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Chris Hunneysett
Mirror
"[It] goes over the top in its visuals, but left me shellshocked by a lack of emotional involvement (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Robbie Collin
Telegraph
"It feels more like a lifeless video game (...) Mendes’s direction is meticulous; Deakins’s cinematography a once-a-lifetime feat (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
AustraliaAustralia M
Craig Mathieson
Flicks
"A triumph of technique – but a production that has questionable outcomes (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
AustraliaAustralia F
Hagan Osborne
FilmInk
"Despite a lack of dramatic heft, Universal Pictures launches into 2020 with a commanding war-epic that stands a testament to the technical bravado of Mendes"  POS
AustraliaAustralia M
Paul Byrnes
The Age
"The experience of watching 1917 is enveloping, overwhelming, confronting (…) Rating: ★★★★½ (out of 5)"  POS
IrelandIreland M
Brian Lloyd
entertainment.ie
"The journey is the point and on that, '1917' is a thrilling work (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
IrelandIreland M
Harry Guerin
RTÉ
"Much has been made of Mendes' decision for the film to unfold as if it is one continuous shot (...) but that mastery of the medium never gets in the way of the human connection with two young men (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
IrelandIreland M
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
"Mendes allows in just enough reality to remind us that genuine antique terrors inspire the mounting excitement (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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