Rusty Wright on ‘1917’ Movie: Risking All to Save a Life

What risks would you take to save a life?  What risks would you want someone else to take to save your life?  This new and highly acclaimed World War I drama vividly portrays the emotions, commitment and struggles facing one who chooses to value another’s life as greater than his/her own.

1917 stars George MacKay (Captain Fantastic) and Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones) as two WWI British soldiers tasked with crossing enemy territory to warn hundreds of soldiers they are marching into a trap.  Oscar®-winning director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Spectre, American Beauty) directed, co-wrote, and co-produced this fictitious story based loosely on his grandfather’s own war story.

The cast also includes Andrew Scott (Spectre), Richard Madden (Rocketman), Oscar®-winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Oscar®-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor StrangeAvengers: Endgame).  Universal Pictures is distributing in the US this DreamWorks production that opens on six continents.

Ambush ahead

In 1917, British soldiers Schofield (MacKay) and Blake (Chapman) learn that hundreds of their companions – including Blake’s brother – may die unless someone warns them that they are headed for an ambush.  The British troops at risk think they are pursuing outgunned, retreating German forces for a crucial victory.  In reality, the Germans’ are strategically regrouping for an overwhelming surprise attack.  Schofield and Blake must traverse perilous enemy territory.  Snipers, explosive devices, warplanes, a raging river and more separate them from success.

Schofield has experienced the deadly perils of troops acting on incorrect information and wants to prevent a repeat.  Blake is driven by love for family and for his brother to persevere regardless of the obstacles.  Using an “immersive” cinematic technique that feels like one continuous film shot, the camera follows the two throughout their wild journey to create the impression the viewer is constantly in the mission, too.  Nonstop, breathtaking, riveting, emotionally intense – and sometimes quite graphic – action results.

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SOURCE: Assist News, Rusty Wright