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Christopher Nolan lays out the plot structure of Dunkirk

02.28.2017
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Christopher Nolan Dunkirk

No matter which project Christopher Nolan chooses to tackle, it's a pretty good bet that he'll have all eyes on him. Nolan's latest, DUNKIRK, is set to debut this summer and tells the true story of Allied soldiers stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk as they await evacuation while being surrounded by the German Army. True to form, Nolan has gone big on DUNKIRK as he's shot the film on a combination of IMAX 65 mm and 65 mm large format film stock as well as reconditioning actual warships and spending a large chunk of dough on vintage aircraft which he strapped IMAX cameras on and purposefully crashed. Long story short, DUNKIRK is likely to be quite the visual feast.

As far as the plot goes, Christopher Nolan recently told Premiere that the dialogue of DUNKIRK will be significantly stripped down compared to his previous movies and will feature three different perspectives on the event.

The film is told from three points of view. The air (planes), the land (on the beach) and the sea (the evacuation by the navy). For the soldiers embarked in the conflict, the events took place on different temporalities. On land, some stayed one week stuck on the beach. On the water, the events lasted a maximum day; And if you were flying to Dunkirk, the British spitfires would carry an hour of fuel. To mingle these different versions of history, one had to mix the temporal strata. Hence the complicated structure; Even if the story, once again, is very simple.

When all is said and done, Christopher Nolan hopes that DUNKIRK will do justice to this essential moment in WWII history.

If this evacuation had not been a success, Great Britain would have been obliged to capitulate. And the whole world would have been lost, or would have known a different fate: the Germans would undoubtedly have conquered Europe, the US would not have returned to war. It is a true point of rupture in war and in history of the world. A decisive moment. And the success of the evacuation allowed Churchill to impose the idea of a moral victory, which allowed him to galvanize his troops like civilians and to impose a spirit of resistance while the logic of this sequence should have been that of surrender. Militarily it is a defeat; On the human plane it is a colossal victory.

Although the film chronicles one of the defining moments of the second World War, Nolan says that DUNKIRK will be less of a war film and more of a "survival drifted by the suspense." Nolan went on to say that he "wanted to be in the present moment, to find the immediate intensity to share the experience of these soldiers. The film recounts a series of paradoxical situations. The most obvious: the army is stuck on this beach and must cross the Channel to return to England. But from there, there are others: will a soldier succeed in reaching the mole? Will the pilot be able to carry out his mission? And the film focuses on suspense sequences that are reduced to a human dimension."

DUNKIRK is set for a July 21, 2017 release.

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9:25PM on 02/28/2017
Sounds amazing. I only hope it makes the money it deserves. Hacksaw ridge is gonna about 200 million total all said and done on a 50 million dollar budget. I have concerns that this movie, which has a 150 million price tag wont click with audiences the same way as american sniper did, or saving private ryan for that matter because its a british centric film, itll do well overseas most likely, im guessing 135 mill domestic, 275 foreign, 400 mill worldwide-ish. Nolans been on a decline,
Sounds amazing. I only hope it makes the money it deserves. Hacksaw ridge is gonna about 200 million total all said and done on a 50 million dollar budget. I have concerns that this movie, which has a 150 million price tag wont click with audiences the same way as american sniper did, or saving private ryan for that matter because its a british centric film, itll do well overseas most likely, im guessing 135 mill domestic, 275 foreign, 400 mill worldwide-ish. Nolans been on a decline, interstellar was a little bit of a letdown financially speaking so we'll see
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7:10PM on 02/28/2017

It sounds like a Roland Emmerich film, but good...

Those horrible end of the world movies from the point of view of a handful of different people (the president, the suburban family, the poor family, etc...) but this will be the different views of this historic event from land, sea and sky.
Those horrible end of the world movies from the point of view of a handful of different people (the president, the suburban family, the poor family, etc...) but this will be the different views of this historic event from land, sea and sky.
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7:09PM on 02/28/2017

Hopeful

I was not a fan of Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises or Interstellar. Inception was convoluted, but fun. I'm hopeful this one will be better than TDKR and Interstellar, but I will not set my hopes too high.
I was not a fan of Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises or Interstellar. Inception was convoluted, but fun. I'm hopeful this one will be better than TDKR and Interstellar, but I will not set my hopes too high.
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7:17PM on 02/28/2017
He obviously got bored of Batman and was forced to churn out DKR, Interstellar was a good movie for fans of whats called "smart scifi" where it focuses more on throwing technical jargon around than action and a quick paced plot. Arrival and The Martian are in that category.

Inception was an interesting premise and was a breathe of fresh and original air.
He obviously got bored of Batman and was forced to churn out DKR, Interstellar was a good movie for fans of whats called "smart scifi" where it focuses more on throwing technical jargon around than action and a quick paced plot. Arrival and The Martian are in that category.

Inception was an interesting premise and was a breathe of fresh and original air.
7:19PM on 02/28/2017
I'm in a similar boat. I really love Memento and The Dark Knight and think that in their own ways they are both pretty close to perfect. I liked Inception a lot but become slightly less impressed each time I watch it. I was pretty disappointed by both TDKR and Interstellar, although I don't think they're necessarily bad films (just noticeably weaker than his best).
I'm in a similar boat. I really love Memento and The Dark Knight and think that in their own ways they are both pretty close to perfect. I liked Inception a lot but become slightly less impressed each time I watch it. I was pretty disappointed by both TDKR and Interstellar, although I don't think they're necessarily bad films (just noticeably weaker than his best).
7:57PM on 02/28/2017
Arcade88, I actually love "smart sci-fi" like Arrival and Blade Runner, but I had some major issues with Interstellar that I just couldn't let go. Visually, it was stunning, but I marked several parts in the latter half where I wanted Matt McConaughey's character to shut up. Sometimes the best moments in "smart sci-fi" are those we figure out on our own. McConaughey was our exposition guy and I didn't appreciate that.
Arcade88, I actually love "smart sci-fi" like Arrival and Blade Runner, but I had some major issues with Interstellar that I just couldn't let go. Visually, it was stunning, but I marked several parts in the latter half where I wanted Matt McConaughey's character to shut up. Sometimes the best moments in "smart sci-fi" are those we figure out on our own. McConaughey was our exposition guy and I didn't appreciate that.
9:29PM on 02/28/2017
As someone who is a fan of sci fi, i found inception to actually be boring. Aside from the amazing water waves scene, i couldnt really click with the story. Inception, I will admit falling asleep watchin in theatres, may have just smoked too much kush, but it was a lil pretentious as well, although on repeat viewings it gets better. This is a war movie, and i believe nolan will do it justice
As someone who is a fan of sci fi, i found inception to actually be boring. Aside from the amazing water waves scene, i couldnt really click with the story. Inception, I will admit falling asleep watchin in theatres, may have just smoked too much kush, but it was a lil pretentious as well, although on repeat viewings it gets better. This is a war movie, and i believe nolan will do it justice
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