Christmas Day Release

007’S Spectre director Sam Mendes’ new film, 1917, marks his return to the war genre for since 2005’s Jarhead, with a great cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, and Colin Firth.

Mendes’ 1917 comes a year after the Centenary Memorials of World War I, and it’s a drama set at the height of the conflict, it focusses primarily on two young soldiers.

Here’s the trailer:

The official synopsis reads:

“At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.”

Mendes also co-wrote the script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns and the rest of the cast features Richard Madden, Andrew Scott, Daniel Mays, George MacKay, and Dean-Charles Chapman.

It’s great to finally see a big-budget movie about the First World War, this teaser has a slight feel of Dunkirk about it, but Mendes style is way different than Christopher Nolan, so not really a concern.

1917 opens in US cinemas on December 25 and in the UK on January 10, 2020.