Summary: At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.
Starring: Adrian Scarborough, Andrew Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Walley, Colin Firth, Daniel Mays, Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Gerran Howell, John Hollingworth, Mark Strong, Nabhaan Rizwan, Richard Madden, Teresa Mahoney
Director: Sam Mendes
Genre(s): Drama, War
Runtime: 119 min
Director Sam Mendes and the great cinematographer Roger Deakins give us an innovative edition to the war genre, with a one-shot style that has the effect of not only providing a captivating point-of-view of the young soldier, but also in making the Great War seem claustrophobic. The two leads McKay and Chapman each have their breakout role here as two soldiers we follow and identify with throughout their journey, and the cameos of veterans such as Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch elevate the talent of acting in ‘1917’. Mendes and Deakins are one of the better creative teams in our modern filmmaking.