1917

1917

DVD - 2020 | Widescreen version
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At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake 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.

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It's a war movie, but not as violent as other war movies. It helps you gain perspective on what trench warfare in Europe was like during WWI. Recommended by Esther L.

Via superb editing and amazing cinematography, this epic WWI drama looks like one long take, immersing the viewer into the middle of the war and immediacy of the narrative. Two British soldiers must cross through no-man's-land and enemy territory to deliver a message ordering a colonel to stand d... Read More »


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SkyHook
Feb 27, 2021

Brilliant production and amazing how it glued me to the screen with such a simple message, a road trip quest about the insanity of war and survivor regret.

The craftsmanship marks this as a director's movie with a spartan script, amazing camera work, and the most impressive expansion and compression of time and space I've ever watched. The camera eye was seamless and never skipped a beat over a full range of calm to action, perspective jumps, lighting and distance extremes, even wet versus dry. You're never left wondering what's happening or where you are; it felt like the entire story evolved inside your head because you were there. The sets oozed detail and I believe everything not handled or human was full CG, but at the time I questioned nothing. Not once did I get that gut feeling that I just watched digital pablum, but many scenes had to be full CG based on circumstance. The entire movie could have been spoiled by a single frame of James Bond surfing a slushy tidal wave with the mouse cursor in-frame, but don't hold your breath because it never happens.

I suspect a worn and dirty world appearance is hard to replicate virtually, but my awe was on a level that reminded me of seeing the original Star Wars at a theatre. I saw a couple of period and technical glitches, but they were debatable esoteric nerd stuff that didn't change the telling. The worst part about this film was my fascination, feeling more like a film club viewing than enjoying a major release, but I think any missing emotional introspection was well compensated for with an overwhelming visual experience. Please read the low ratings here carefully as they're true; you'll hate this film if your idea of a good movie is Hollywood stars, witty quips, car chases, shootouts, and the hero gets the girl.

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franzkafka
Feb 17, 2021

Military guy gets sent on an odyssey of a mission to rein in a rogue Colonel. Along the way he encounters 'The Horror, The Horror' of War. Seems familiar. Oh yes, it's derivative of "Apocalypse Now" and the book "Heart of Darkness" by Josef Conrad. I must vehemently disagree with Ambroz789. This is a sorry mess of a film. Not even appearances by fine actors Colin Firth (the General) or Benedict Cumberbatch (the Colonel) could help.

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Ambroz789
Feb 10, 2021

The negative comments on this movie reinforce my belief that the world is filled with stupid people. It's a great movie, not boring, maybe not completely historically accurate but the story is compelling and the acting is great. God I fucking hate stupid people.

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tuffduff
Feb 10, 2021

This film was intentionally shot with a gimmick outlook: To keep the viewer in the same terrain as the two principle characters in what appears to be [ except for one blackout ] ONE CONTINUOUS SHOT with amazing camerawork. Big-scale production delivers a " YOU ARE THERE " vibe like few others. Whether this is a virtue or deterent is up to you.

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VicWhy
Jan 28, 2021

Great story and movie. Amazing recreation of the horrible conditions that WWI soldiers were routinely exposed to. The depiction of trench life was especially revealing. Poor bastards!

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empbee
Jan 25, 2021

A tense movie with great cinematic shots and superb acting.

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Raynam
Jan 17, 2021

Very boring,very depressing,way to long.If this is a true story they should have presented it with more depth less trenches.

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Courier2003
Jan 09, 2021

Way too long with 200 minutes. I seen the compass used once. How did the lance corporal have any idea which direction to follow with all the obstacles he had to over come. If there is any truth to the story the soldier should have earned British Medal of Honor.

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movie20
Jan 07, 2021

The cinematograhy is very good. The story not as good, but I liked the movie.

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Annieoywong
Jan 02, 2021

An excellent WWI movie about a brave and responsible British solider. Beautiful cinematography. Highly recommended.

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jimg2000
Aug 19, 2020

(Schofield sang to a baby girl to the poem The Jumblies By Edward Lear; sieve is a boat that floats called the coracle)

They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
In a Sieve they went to sea:
In spite of all their friends could say,
On a winter’s morn, on a stormy day,
In a Sieve they went to sea!
And when the Sieve turned round and round,
And every one cried, ‘You’ll all be drowned!’
They called aloud, ‘Our Sieve ain’t big,
But we don’t care a button! we don’t care a fig!
In a Sieve we’ll go to sea!’
Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a Sieve.

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jimg2000
Aug 19, 2020

The mission:

As a parting gift, the enemy cut all our telephone lines. Your orders are to get to the 2nd at Croisilles Wood, one mile southeast of the town of Écoust. Deliver this to Colonel Mackenzie.
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Leave immediately. Take this trench west up on Sauchiehall Street, then northwest on Paradise Alley at the front. Continue along the front line
until you find the Yorks. Give this note to Major Stevenson. He's holding the line at the shortest span of no-man's-land. You'll cross there.
-It'll be daylight, sir. They'll see us.
There's no need to be concerned. You should meet no resistance.
-Sir, is... is it just us?
"Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne, He travels the fastest who travels alone."

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jimg2000
Aug 19, 2020

Erinmore's never seen no-man's-land. We won't make it ten yards.
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I-I didn't know what I was picking you for. I thought they were going to
send us back up the line or for food or something. I thought it was going to be something easy.
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I hoped today might be a good day. Hope is a dangerous thing. That's it for now, and then next week, command will send a different message. "Attack at dawn." There is only one way this war ends. Last man standing.
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If I may, I'd like to write to your mother. Tell her that Tom wasn't alone.
-Of course.
He was... He was a good man. Always telling funny stories.

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"They're walking into a trap. Your orders are to deliver a message calling off tomorrow morning's attack. If you fail, it will be a massacre."

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"I hoped today would be a good day. Hope is a dangerous thing."

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Jbooks7
Dec 19, 2020

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UnilaK_26
Aug 04, 2020

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Jan 20, 2020

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Jbooks7
Dec 30, 2020

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Dead bodies, People badly injured

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Jbooks7
Dec 30, 2020

Violence: War violence, People getting killed

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I didn't notice there were dead bodies I said in theatres and now on DVD I didn't notice them either. In theatres I thought he was crying because someone died but my brother said it's because he's exhausted. 7, 13 I heard at home but he said seven platoon. My brother later said that the actor who played Colonel Mackenzie was the voice of the Grinch in the 2018 film. He said that during the credits. We watched The Grinch in theatres too. I said in theatres I forgot that he had the rings when he gave it to the other man.

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