Movie Was Filmed To Appear As One Continuous Shot

1917 is the latest War film that is about to take audiences back to the front lines of a global conflict.

The film from Sam Mendes (Skyfall and American Beauty) follows two soldiers on a high stakes mission to save lives during World War I.

The movie isn’t too far away now, so we thought the time was right to give you all a wee reminder of what to expect and when you can see it.

What’s The Story (Morning Glory)?

1917 follows two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake, tasked with travelling through enemy territory in order to deliver a message to a battalion of troops, warning them of an ambush. If they fail, up to 1,600 lives could be lost, including that of Blake’s own brother.

The movie has been edited to appear as if filmed in one fluid continuing take, which has been hailed by critics for adding to the visceral tension.

Who Stars In 1917?

The two leads, George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, play Schofield and Blake respectively. Neither are household names, although MacKay has appeared in several acclaimed independent films such as Pride and Captain Fantastic, while Chapman played the role of Tommen Baratheon in Game Of Thrones.

A number of established actors take supporting roles in the film as various military figures, including Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Andrew Scott (Fleabag), Mark Strong (Shazam!), Richard Madden (Game Of Thrones) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock).

Is It Based On True Events?

According to Mendes, the plot of the film is inspired by stories he was told as a child by his grandfather, Alfred. Mendes said –

“It’s the story of a messenger, which lodged with me as a child. Obviously I’ve enlarged it significantly but it has that at its core.”

Alfred ran messages for the British for two days near Ypres, Belgium, and also gave Sam detailed accounts of the Battle of Poelcappelle fought in Flanders. Therefore, while the film is not a direct adaptation of any one true story, in particular, it is based on real accounts of life on the front lines during the conflict.

The official synopsis reads –

“Set in Northern France in Spring 1917, a seemingly impossible mission to deliver a message which will warn of an ambush during one of the skirmishes soon after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberich.”

“The two recruits race against time, crossing enemy territory to deliver the warning and keep a British battalion of 1,600 men, which includes Blake’s own brother, from walking into a deadly trap.

“The pair must give their all to accomplish their mission by surviving the war to end all wars.”

When Is 1917 Released In Theaters?

1917 will be showing in the US from 25th December, and then released in the UK from Friday 10th January 2020.