A unique way to tell a war story - 9.5/10
by Mohammed Al Mazidi - Cinema Trekker
The story is simple, but the way the story is told is unique and gripping. The film experiments by telling the story with a series of one takes from beginning to end. In the end, it worked as it is both effective and immersive. The acting was great, and everyone did a great job performing their roles. The only issue I found with the film was the lack of plot and character development. While it was basic and simple, if they fleshed it out more, it would have a more emotional drive.
The cinematography is perfect, and I mean it. Roger Deakins proves yet again as one of the greatest cinematographers in the film industry, as he is able to capture and frame the horrifying tone and atmosphere of one of the bloodiest war in human history. The sound is great, and I literally jumped at one specific scene because of how loud it was. The music was also great and fit the tone of the film with it's suspense and tension.
In conclusion, it is a gripping World War I film that uniquely tells it's stories with beautiful cinematography and great performances. The film went into the golden globes under the radar due to , and I absolutely believe it is a serious contender for categories it was nominated for in the Academy Awards. Go see it if you haven't already, preferably in IMAX of course.
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