Telling the story of the evacuation of 400,000 soldiers from
As with previous Nolan films, the exploration of time here is fascinating. Each sequence has their own rhythm and tonal shifts, yet fits into the overarching film impressively. 'The Mole' has moments of unbearable tension and terror (the sound of the Luftwaffe attacking the beach is singularly one of the most frightening moments I've seen in cinema in recent years) but it is also punctuated by sequences of boredom, echoing the soldiers' frustration. 'The Sea's' tension builds as the final destination approaches; it is defined by a sense of duty, with the desperation of
Nolan's films have often been criticised as cold, lacking in emotional depth to match their technical scope.
The closest a blockbuster has come in recent years to
The quality of Nolan's work (even in some of the more questionable sequences of Interstellar) is often demonstrated by the strength of talent behind the scenes. Hans Zimmer, as always, has produced a stellar score, that seeks to redefine what a score can do in the film; while the sound design here is incredible, and the entire sound department must be held aloft next February at the Oscars. Another outstanding contributor is cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema, and
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