Could Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk Be The Next Saving Private Ryan?
This first trailer for the Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy-starring World War II epic is stunning.
BY Matt Miller | Dec 15, 2016 | Film & TV
The World War II combat drama is understandably one of the most beloved of western film genres. It features the perfect narrative of global conflict, a tight good vs evil dichotomy, and in the end, the bad guys are always defeated with patriotic gusto. Moviegoers never seem to tire of the genre, as it's produced some of the greatest films in history, from classic films like The Great Escape and Patton to modern features like Saving Private Ryan and Inglourious Basterds.
It seems like we're overdue for another WWII epic, and that wait could come to an end next July when Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk hits theaters. Starring Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles (of One Direction?!), and Nolan favourites Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy, the movie follows the Battle of Dunkirk, a British effort to evacuate more than 330,000 Allied troops from Europe.
The first trailer, released today, is truly stunning, showing the war on every front—on the ground, on the sea, and in the air. In these early images, Nolan shows the war on a scale fitting of an event that shaped the world. Hundreds of soldiers storm beaches, take cover on boats, or dog fight through the skies. But it also displays an intimacy that captures the humanity of war. These soldiers hide in bunkers, cradle fallen comrades, and sit pensively on beaches.
In terms of scope and technical filmmaking skill, Nolan has all the tools to make a film worthy of the best films in the genre—particularly Saving Private Ryan, arguably the best contemporary film about the horrors of WWII. The only concern is the film's PG-13 rating—will Nolan be able to express the war's brutality without R-rated gore? We'll find out when Dunkirk hits theaters on July 21.
From: Esquire US