Dunkirk is 1 hour and 46 minutes long and is Rated PG-13. It is a historical drama/action film.
Dunkirk is a little difficult to understand. There is a lot of action, very little dialog, and three major storylines going on simultaneously. I highly recommend reading a short synopsis of the movie before watching it.
Dunkirk is based on an event that actually happened during the beginning of World War II. France and England were at war against Germany after the 1939 invasion into Poland. The Germans invaded France from the south in May of 1940 forcing the English and French troops back to the beaches of Dunkirk in northern France. The only escape route for the Allies was the sea. Over 300,000 men were rescued by navy and civilian boats. Germany swept through the rest of France and the war continued for five more years.
On land, is the story of Tommy (Finonn Whitehead), a young English soldier. Tommy passes through gunfire and enemy lines onto the beach where Allied soldiers are being evacuated to ships carrying them to England. He befriends a silent young soldier and they make several attempts to board but are unsuccessful.
On the sea, is the story of a civilian seaman, Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance), his son, and his young employee, George, who are boating to Dunkirk to help rescue the soldiers. On route, they rescue a shell shocked soldier (Cillian Murphy) who does not want to return to Dunkirk. The soldier goes a little crazy and hurts George. They continue on to Dunkirk rescuing an airplane pilot on the way.
In the air, is the story of two airplane fighter pilots: Farrier (Tom Hardy) and Collins (Jack Lowden). The pilots have the difficult task of shooting down enemy planes before they can blow up rescue ships and the soldiers who are trying to board them. They struggle to conserve their fuel and avoid enemy fire.
The movie relies on heavy action and drama to illustrate what happened in Dunkirk during the beginning of World War. It shows a grueling and intense fight to survive a dangerous, life threatening situation. Most of the acting is performed through facial expression. There is some narration by Michael Caine which was very helpful.
Although the movie was difficult to understand, I did experience some pretty strong emotions while watching the film. I cried. The unselfish bravery of the soldiers and their struggle to survive is very impressive. The patriotism was very moving. It reminds me that we cannot control our fate but we can control how we adapt to it.