Sam Mendes’ new wartime epic, 1917, features a risky mission that if successful, will save the lives of over a thousand troopers.
Actors George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman play two young British soldiers who during World War 1, are given a deadly mission to cross enemy lines on foot and warn a fellow troupe of soldiers about an impending ambush, potentially saving 1600 lives if they can make it.
To make matters more personal, the Chapman character’s brother is one of the 1600 soldiers at risk.
The new trailer for 1917 teases a visceral war film from the acclaimed director of Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), Sam Mendes, who’s brought on Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins to really up the visual ante.
Mendes has opted to shoot the film in a single-take (see more about that here), which should put audiences even deeper into the action.
As far the film’s tone goes, it looks heavily dramatic and there is sure to be plenty of gripping moments.
We don’t get too many War movies these days set in WW1, as they tend to mostly focus on the events of WW2 and other significant historical wartime settings, so this is a nice change for fans of this sub-genre.
Alongside the film’s two leads in supporting roles are Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott and Colin Firth.
1917 is due out 25 December 2019.