April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.
Good to finally get some stories from the first World War too! And those infamous trenches. Before the war took to the sky, and the water, and the world at large. When everyone was hunkered down and defending the borders between territories for all they were worth.
It's an atmospheric sojourn into those dark times. So much so it sometimes feels like I'm playing a game. It's artful too. They play with the light and angles, and the ruins, the darkness and rain, the bottomless water, the sun that seeps through when everything just couldn't get more gray. The relief you feel after a long cry...
The two main characters complement each other so well. I miss Blake when he's gone. Suddenly it's such a different story - but how would it have gone if he'd been along for the ride all the way? Would they have made it? Which way would they have journeyed then? The tale leaves your mind ajar a bit; contemplating the war...
Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay play a compelling duo, and spotting Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Strong along the way made for pleasant surprises as well.
It's a great cast, and a memorable movie all in all. Very visual, very atmospheric, filmed in an I imagine enviable artistic way for anyone who really lived through the war here narrated, but it really made for a captivating movie, and a journey you're instantly sucked into.
From start to finish. Great watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle