Thoughts on the “Dunkirk” Prologue

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So before the actual IMAX screening for “Rogue One”, there was a five-minute prologue for the upcoming war movie “Dunkirk”, which is directed by Christopher Nolan (“The Prestige”, “Interstellar”) and stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Harry Styles. From what I’ve gathered, the film is about a group of soldiers who are surrounded by German forces in the World War II battle of Dunkirk.

The trailers I had seen coming into this five-minute prologue featured absolutely stunning visuals, as well as some powerful looking emotion. This extended five minutes of footage just adds on to this, as nearly each and every shot shown here by Nolan looks as if it could be a prestigious wartime photograph. The score, which is going to be done by none other than the legend Hans Zimmer, is almost blaring in the background of this prologue, and it adds so much to the intensity and overall tension of the moment.

Without any prior background knowledge to the topic, what Nolan gives in this sneak peek
is a constant feeling of pressure, whether that be a pressure to make it somewhere on time or to shot down an enemy plane, the pressure is on everyone, and it made me clench my fists with suspense.

Of course, the clip ends with a cliffhanger that has me begging for more, but what this footage showed me is that Christopher Nolan is taking what he does so well in science fiction and really implementing into a war setting. There is just a constant feel of tension in each and every shot of this clip, and Nolan brings this home by also really showing the emotions of the soldiers through facial features and intensity. The camerawork and score work gorgeously together to say the least, and the moments that are taken from the pilot’s perspective feel incredibly accurate to real-life depictions.

This extended teaser of ”Dunkirk” really just added to my already high excitement for this film, as I have no doubt that Nolan can seamlessly transition from science fiction into a historical action drama. The visuals alone will get me to pay the price of IMAX, as it was a treat to watch even five minutes of this movie on the larger screen.

“Dunkirk” comes to theaters July 21, 2017, and is certainly right at the top of my most anticipated movies of next year.

Here are the other trailers that have already been released for “Dunkirk”:

Are you excited for “Dunkirk”? Comment below with your thoughts.

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