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'1917' review: Briskly-paced, impressive performance by young leads

It is a film that has been accurately planned where events unfold in regular succession.

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Last Updated: Jan 20, 2020, 12.58 PM IST
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Don’t be surprised if '1917' sweeps the technical awards at the Oscars this year.
Don’t be surprised if '1917' sweeps the technical awards at the Oscars this year.
Film: 1917
Genre: Drama,War
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Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: Dean-Charles Chapman,George MacKay,Benedict Cumberbatch,Richard Madden
A briskly-paced World War-I film from 'Skyfall'-director Sam Mendes, 1917 is made to appear like a continuous shot that followed the non-stop journey of its protagonists through war-torn France. Two battalions of British soldiers are being led into a trap set by the Germans. The film opens with two British soldiers receiving orders to march through supposedly German-occupied territory and deliver the message to the battalions.

Making the plot interesting, one of the soldiers, Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), has his elder brother in the first battalion scheduled to charge at the Germans the next morning. Blake takes Lance Corporal Schofield (George MacKay) on this harrowing journey across no man’s land into enemy territory.

The film is thick with atmosphere and the story keeps you on the edge of your seat. Apart from the two young leads, there are impressive performances by a bunch of British actors, including Colin Firth, Andrew Scott, Madden, Mark Strong and Cumberbatch.

As Blake and Schofield crawl through open fields, march through the trenches and narrowly escape the horrors of war, Mendes and his camera crew pull off an incredible unbroken sequence. The camera movement is intelligent allowing for shots to be edited in a way to appear as a single take.

It is a film that has been accurately planned where events unfold in regular succession. The score escalates the intensity of the narrative. Don’t be surprised if '1917' sweeps the technical awards at the Oscars this year.

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