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7.3
/10
1,003 Ratings

1917

Directed by Sam Mendes
United Kingdom, United States, 2019
Drama, History, War

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 their own men, and Blake’s own brother, from walking straight into a deadly trap.

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1917 Directed by Sam Mendes

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2020 | 10 nominations including: Best Picture

American Film Institute Awards

2020 | Winner: Movie of the Year

Directors Guild of America

2020 | Winner: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

Writers Guild of America

2020 | Nominee: Original Screenplay

In Sir Sam Mendes’s 1917, form and content meet in perfect harmony: the pointlessness of the film exactly mirrors the pointlessness of World War I.
February 07, 2020
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In the expected, rigorous war-epic way but also uncommonly demanding on the viewer’s eyes; the sustained illusion of a single, largely mobile shot, masterfully executed by Roger Deakins, provides little opportunity to blink or relax.
December 05, 2019
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This sort of immersive identification—in which the protagonist becomes our mere surrogate or avatar—is what, for me, makes 1917 such a rebarbative viewing experience.
December 20, 0020
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film 1917

    Every pit, puddle, and wall seems put there not to stop soldiers, but a DP, and the year's most astounding mise-en-scene is proof of how boring it can get when the primary suspense is "how did they film that?" If the idea of the title is to capture a moment, most of the film feels less like a senseless fog of war than a WWI video game. Bonus star for the homestretch, where form and function actually work together.

  • jonrock411's rating of the film 1917

    However the movie is more than just a gimmick. Mendes made this movie as a tribute to his grandfather and the other soldiers of the “Great” War and it shows as he takes time to not only give character to every soldier we see, but also impress upon the audience the feeling of futility one would feel after being in a constant state of war for years.

  • janice.hughes's rating of the film 1917

    One of the most immersive films I’ve ever seen. I was literally glued to the screen.An extraordinary performance from George Mackay. Sam Mendes will be proud of how he’s packed in the rising tension and drama of crossing no man’s land on a mission in World War 1 against a tremendous score. Compared to Dunkirk it brims with purpose and emotion and is a great tribute to Sam’s own grandfather who was in this Great War.

  • chanandre's rating of the film 1917

    [UCI] (I shouted so loud when Deakins won his second Academy Award for his stellar cinematography work!) i still need time to process this correctly.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film 1917

    Indisputably the most exciting and immersive walking simulator yet produced by the video game industry--with apologies to any Dear Esther fans out there. And I, for one, always suspected the Starks and Lannisters secretly belonged to the same family, but that's Word War I all over, isn't it? Bringing people together, blowing them up, having a good cry. In 1917, valor trumps critique, and Klimov trumps Mendes.

  • msmichel's rating of the film 1917

    Exceptionally well directed and shot film that does indeed immerse one in a WWI adventure not completely unlike a VR experience or well made video game. However where it differs is in the production values which are extraordinary. The story on the other hand is slim and better films have been made about this war's conditions and impact on the soldier. The camera work by Deakins is awe inspring but at what cost.

  • Sean Patrick Stevens's rating of the film 1917

    It's a shame people were getting up to go get popcorn because I loved how this required your concentration and focus more than most movies seen on the big screen. In fact, it's rather experimental in this way and also because Mendes jettisons character back stories and trusts the cinematography will keep us interested throughout.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film 1917

    Worth it just for the powerfully visual, cinematographic tour de force. Story-wise it's paper thin with zero back-story and it doesn't really teach us anything we didn't already know about the horrors of war. The impeccable crafting of long, technically complex shots places the viewer in a deeply immersive, first-person shooter-like mode that keeps the tension ratcheted up without the need for cutaways. 3.5 stars

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