Sam Mendes, the Oscar®-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917.
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) 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.
Sam Mendes has ambitiously, with the help of veteran cinematographer Roger Deakins (BLADE RUNNER 2049), crafted an on-screen experience that pulls audiences into a visceral battlefield to tell this story of brotherhood, sacrifice and liberty.
"Astonishing as the filmmaking can be at times, it’s Mendes’ attention to character, more than the technique, that makes “1917” one of 2019’s most impressive cinematic achievements."
- Variety *****
"Sam Mendes turns western front horror into a single-shot masterpiece...an amazingly audacious film; as exciting as a heist movie, disturbing as a sci-fi nightmare."
- The Guardian
"The craft of 1917 is stunning from start to finish. The pacing keeps you on the edge of your seat, Thomas Newman’s score is among his best as it balances melancholy with intense action, and not enough good things can be said about [cinematographer] Deakins’ work. 1917 is a movie that works on every level."
"Although 1917’s filmmaking very much brings attention to itself, it’s an astonishing piece of filmmaking, portraying war with enormous panache. This is big-screen bravado, and then some."
- Empire ****