With every new venture Christopher Nolan has something new to offer to his audience; this visual storyteller is very conscious about the narrative structure. Dunkirk is no exception. Like all his other movies, Dunkirk can be explored in multiple layers; as you view it for the second and the third time you are bound to find something new in this movie.
The story is pretty plain on the outset; 4 lakh allied soldiers are stranded on a beach and are under constant attack by the air bombers. The evacuation needs to be done by sea, but of course in a wartime situation there are never enough ships. What follows next is a harrowing experience and Nolan brilliantly captures the anxiety, pain and fear of the trapped souls. It soon turns into a complex game of survival. There is minimal dialogue, so it is easier for the audience to relate to the experience of the soldiers.
There is hardly any CGI effect in the movie. Nolan has tried to recreate the moments as realistically as possible. With every gunshot, explosion and bombing sequence the audience is more drawn to the actions. The visual impact is astounding to the say the least. This is no average war movie. As you explore the various depths of the movie, all your senses will be heightened. There is never a dull or mundane moment in this movie.
At the end of the movie you are left listless as you are stuck with the meaninglessness of war. The movie seamlessly travels between earth, air and water, where all the three elements are at play against the hapless soldiers. If Tom Hardy plays the protector the sky, it is Mark Rylance who is left in charge of commandeering a ship. And then there are stretches of powerful silences which help to build the tension of the entire drama.
Dunkirk shows that a hero can be anyone; the characters present in the movie have no complicated motives. They are only driven by a strong instinct to survive; their bravery lies in the fact that they are humans and with every humanely possible way they just want nothing but to survive.