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smevchenko

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Saw this last night, glad I made the effort to watch it at the cinema, definitely the type of film that would be more enjoyable on the big screen. Having a whole film shot in what appears to be a couple of continuous scenes was really impressive, really heightened the traumatic nature of the story.
 

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We saw it on Monday. So background, I have researched Mrs S family history for the last few years and she has 4 great uncles that died in WW1 so I have read a great deal about trench warfare and am familiar with the history of WW1 and the major battles. We have visited Belgium, France and Germany to pay respects to our relatives that gave their lives.

I found the film emotionally very involving and it’s single shot structure incredibly immersive. It made you feel that you were present, with the major characters. It didn’t include any of the massive artillery fire, explosions or sheer painful noise that you would imagine typified WW1 instead featuring the challenge for two young lance corporals. The footage of no mans land looked very true and authentic. Mrs S has read much less about the conditions and reality of the war and found the film pretty harrowing and was close to /in tears for most of it. The film certainly demonstrated the extreme youth of the protagonists and the futility of much of what went on.

It was encouraging to see so many youngsters in the cinema to see the film. I hope they saw more than an action film.
Saw it last night at an IMAX, if ever a film was made for IMAX it's this one.

Very few youngsters at my showing, I'd be interested to know what young people made of this film. My gran lost her husband and two brothers at the Somme, when I was growing up in the 60's all the old fellas had fought in that war, so the fact that it has now slipped beyond living memory feels very real for me.

I would urge anyone who has not seen it to watch the Peter Jackson documentary They Shall Not Grow Old.

 
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I watched it on IMAX.. not sure it was worth the extra £... It was OK (a novel way of filming) until the plane crash part ... then it got a little OTT / silly

Glad I watched it but not sure I get the hype

It did make me think that the things they portrayed were happening throughout the war.. A totally senseless waste of life on all sides
 

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Saw it last night at an IMAX, if ever a film was made for IMAX it's this one.

Very few youngsters at my showing, I'd be interested to know what young people made of this film. My gran lost her husband and two brothers at the Somme, when I was growing up in the 60's all the old fellas had fought in that war, so the fact that it has now slipped beyond living memory feels very real for me.

I would urge anyone who has not seen it to watch the Peter Jackson documentary They Shall Not Grow Old.

That looks like a must see
 

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I don't know who won that war, so don't give away the result and spoil it for me. We only did up to the Plantagenets at school.
Don't tell me what happened to the Plantagenet cunts. I'm still at the Normans.
 

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I watched it on IMAX.. not sure it was worth the extra £... It was OK (a novel way of filming) until the plane crash part ... then it got a little OTT / silly

Glad I watched it but not sure I get the hype

It did make me think that the things they portrayed were happening throughout the war.. A totally senseless waste of life on all sides
Seen this said a couple of times on this thread. What is it after the plane crash you thought was silly?
 

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