It’s been over a century since World War I and to this date, it is mortifying to hear, see, and read about the gruesome happenings of a war that resulted in an estimated death of around 37 million people, both civilians and military personnel alike. Director Sam Mendes’ 1917 is a brilliant film that isolates one incident which has been inspired by true events, in a ghastly war that lasted for around four years.

In this movie, two young soldiers Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Schofield (George MacKay) are tasked with the responsibility of making a dangerous 24-hour trek to deliver a warning message about an ambush to a troop of 1600 British soldiers, who also includes Blake’s brother. This film is not a biographical account of what happened but instead, Mendes created fictional characters inspired by the stories of his grandfather who served as a message runner in WWI.

1917 was theatrically released in the United States on 25th December and not only did it receive rave reviews but also picked up two big awards at the 77th Golden Globe Awards – Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director. This film has also been nominated in nine categories for the BAFTA awards and there even is a strong Oscar buzz around this movie.

This film also stars Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jamie Parker, among others. 1917 hit the big screens on 17th January.

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