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    A 97-Year-Old Veteran Who Fought at Dunkirk Watches the Movie

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    This movie was..........intense.




    Just...yeah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucky_bee View Post
    This movie was..........intense.




    Just...yeah.
    I plan on seeing it, but I have heard that it does not really depict who were the good guys or who were the bad guys - no mention of Hitler or Churchill, little if any mention of Nazi or Allies, etc. Just hope the current generation that usually knows next to nothing about history except progressive propaganda since the turn of the 20th century know what they are looking at.

    Also heard it was a very good "action" movie, so I'll maybe drop a twenty and check it out. DVD will be out soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b23hqb View Post
    I plan on seeing it, but I have heard that it does not really depict who were the good guys or who were the bad guys - no mention of Hitler or Churchill, little if any mention of Nazi or Allies, etc. Just hope the current generation that usually knows next to nothing about history except progressive propaganda since the turn of the 20th century know what they are looking at.

    Also heard it was a very good "action" movie, so I'll maybe drop a twenty and check it out. DVD will be out soon.

    It didn't really give any background, save for a few words on screen to sort of set the scene. I've read several articles about the movie since and the director essentially was not looking to make any kind of typical war movie - no heroes, or grand speeches, or huge acts of bravery. The entire movie takes places within 36-48 hours of the most intense time of evacuation from the beaches. There's actually really not a ton of dialogue either. No back stories of soldiers' lives or families are given. It's strictly the very NOW...the reactions to what's going on right then and there. It's the British and French soldiers all over the beach and the chaos of attempting to get them on ships and get them home all while enemy planes are taking out their ships as they try and leave. It focuses on the desperation and the helplessness of these soldiers trying to do anything to get off that beach. And of course the civilian boaters coming to their rescue.

    I strongly suggest seeing it in the theaters, unless you have an impressive surround sound at home. The noise is carefully created to make you feel like you're on that beach. I had to cover my ears a couple times. I'm not kidding about it's intensity but I realized after, the purpose and importance.


    I'm close to the generation you're talking about but I've always enjoyed history, and my father is a huge military history buff. Before seeing the movie, I admittedly knew very little of the Battle of Dunkirk, knew it was an important point in WWII but that was about it. I've enjoyed researching it more in depth since seeing the film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucky_bee View Post
    It didn't really give any background, save for a few words on screen to sort of set the scene. I've read several articles about the movie since and the director essentially was not looking to make any kind of typical war movie - no heroes, or grand speeches, or huge acts of bravery. The entire movie takes places within 36-48 hours of the most intense time of evacuation from the beaches. There's actually really not a ton of dialogue either. No back stories of soldiers' lives or families are given. It's strictly the very NOW...the reactions to what's going on right then and there. It's the British and French soldiers all over the beach and the chaos of attempting to get them on ships and get them home all while enemy planes are taking out their ships as they try and leave. It focuses on the desperation and the helplessness of these soldiers trying to do anything to get off that beach. And of course the civilian boaters coming to their rescue.

    I strongly suggest seeing it in the theaters, unless you have an impressive surround sound at home. The noise is carefully created to make you feel like you're on that beach. I had to cover my ears a couple times. I'm not kidding about it's intensity but I realized after, the purpose and importance.


    I'm close to the generation you're talking about but I've always enjoyed history, and my father is a huge military history buff. Before seeing the movie, I admittedly knew very little of the Battle of Dunkirk, knew it was an important point in WWII but that was about it. I've enjoyed researching it more in depth since seeing the film.
    Dunkirk was almost the defeat of England, and then subsequently the world to Nazi aggression. Without saving those nearly 400,000 soldiers, a German invasion of England would have surely succeeded. As it was, the successful evacuation of the troops enabled England to use resources in the Battle of Britian that turned the tide of the war in Europe, and bought time for the US to get in gear.. People, especially the younger generations, need to see and understand how evil Nazism was, and they need to know who led it and where it came from. The director allegedly did not want to make any "political" statement about the film, but that is irresponsible in light of the situation and setting in which it occurred.

    If you don't learn from history, you will certainly repeat it.

    I will drop the twenty and see the film.
    “The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.” - President James A. Garfield

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