1917

2019 | War | 119 minutes | English

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On April 7, 1917, during World War I, British intelligence learns that a supposed German retreat is not a retreat at all. The Germans are seeking to lure some 1,600 British soldiers of the Second Battalion into a trap and destroy them with artillery. With communication lines cut, two young corporals, Schofield and Blake, are ordered by General Erinmore to run through the German lines and deliver a note warning the British not to attack. It’s a trap. Blake is particularly anxious to go on this hazardous mission because his brother is a lieutenant in the unit that might be destroyed. Crossing no-man’s land, they find that the Germans indeed abandoned their positions. A German plane crashes nearby and Blake and Schofield save the pilot. But their heroic deed ends in tragedy when the German pilot fatally stabs Blake. Dodging German patrols, Schofield, now alone, manages to make it to the Second Battalion headquarters. He now has to tell Lieutenant Blake the terrible news that his brother is dead. But Schofield’s big job  is to convince the commander, Colonel Mackenzie, not to attack. That it’s a German trap. Even holding a written warning in his hand, will Schofield be believed? That’s the big question.

Cast
George MacKay (Lance Corporal William Schofield) / Dean-Charles Chapman (Lance Corporal Tom Blake) / Colin Firth (General Erinmore) / Benedict Cumberbatch (Colonel Mackenzie) / Richard Madden (Lieutenant Joseph Blake)
Why Stream This Film?
Film critic Johnny Oleksinski concludes his review with the following: “Next time your pessimistic friends tells you there’s no reason to leave the couch anymore, drag them straight into the car and go see this film.” Well, no need to get off the couch, or get into your car to see this epic film. Just stream it at home and see this masterful film at your convenience. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 90%
  • Metacritic Score: 78
Accolades
  • Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Motion Picture- Drama; Best Director (Sam Mendes)
  • Academy Awards: Received 10 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (Sam Mendes), and Best Original Screenplay (Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns)
  • It was chosen by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute as one of the top ten films of the year.
  • Selected #1 Film of the Year by the New York Post, Charlotte Observer, and WABV-TV

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1917 clocks in at 120 minutes but nevertheless manages to be grander in emotional heft, technical innovation and with visuals that will sear into your retinas. 1917 is a modern war classic and one of the best movies of the year.”—Johnny Oleksinski, “New York Post”
Johnny Oleksinski

New York Post

The war movie is a Hollywood staple, so much so that there might not be much new to say. But Sam Mendes has found a way to breathe life into the genre with a simple story, imaginatively told. It’s arguably the year’s most impressive cinematic accomplishment.
Brian Lowry

CNN ENTERTAINMENT

Director Sam Mendes marries technical virtuosity with jittery thrills and an emotional core to reinvent the Great War movie—and delivers possibly his best film. It’s a work of sweeping scale yet pinpoint intimacy.
Phil De Semlyen

TIME OUT (NEW YORK)

Spectacular, shocking and masterfully stylized, it deserves all the prizes it’ll take.
David Sexton

London Evening Standard

Sam Mendes turns western front horror into a single-shot masterpiece.
Peter Bradshaw

The Guardian

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