Dunkirk Trailer Finally Gives Us An Idea What’s Coming

Few films in recent memory have been as tight-lipped about letting out details of the plot specifics as Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming Dunkirk.

For months, Nolan fans have only had a few images of soldiers ducking for cover to work with, not only leaving potential audiences with little clue as to where exactly the story will go, but also avoiding exposure of the film’s cast.

That’s finally changed.

Not only do we get a look at the general layout of the film about 400,000 soldiers who can’t escape… which has an odd ring to it when you try to piece it together in your mind, but we get to see our stars in action. Most importantly, because you might go several ways with what exactly is going to show up on screen when it comes to the historic account, we see that we are going to spotlight the civilian efforts to help evacuate soldiers from the area.

The trailer certainly delivers something easy to get excited over, and that’s a big win in itself, because Nolan didn’t quite get the response to Interstellar that he would have liked.

If we can try to ferret out how the action will land from the trailer, it looks as though Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, and Kenneth Branagh will move much of the film, though it seems it may rely almost as heavily on a gaggle of young actors that are relative unknowns.

The big question is going to be how to keep something so broad moving, and where we get a chance to dive into characters amid the chaos. The scenes with Cillian Murphy give us some hints, but there is clearly so much to cover here that there is a real danger of all of it getting a little lost in the overwhelming crowd.

The film is set for a July 21st release, and though the film has waited to deliver, you can bet things will start moving now.


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