“You’ve got 400,000 men on this beach [in Dunkirk, France], pretty much within sight of England; the enemy closing in on all sides, and they were faced with really the choice between surrender and annihilation. And the fact that this story does not end in either surrender or annihilation is why, for me, I think it’s one of the greatest stories in human history.” – Christopher Nolan, Director
First shot: British soldiers are catching flyers that are falling from the sky, showing that they are surrounded. Next shot: artillery is used to fire jolting shots and you are running for cover with the soldiers. The opening scene of Christopher Nolan’s 2017 film, “Dunkirk” is similar to a roller coaster drop; you are thrown into a situation that you will never have enough time to prepare yourself for, but doing so provides you with the most authentic experience possible.
Whether you are watching the events surrounding Operation Dynamo unfold on land, in the sea or through the air, the portrayal of the fateful events that took place between May 26 and June 4, 1940 leave the audience breathless. Although World War II was far from over (in reality, it had only just begun) and the events could be viewed through a narrow lens as not one of Britain’s finest hours, it was quite the opposite. There was a truthfulness to the storytelling that made one thing perfectly clear when you left the movie theater: “Hope is a weapon” and “survival is victory.”