Gripping Full Trailer for Sam Mendes' One-Shot Great War Movie '1917'
"If we're not clever about this, no one will get to your brother!" Universal has debuted a full-length official trailer for Sam Mendes' war movie 1917, which looks phenomenal so far. We also posted the behind-the-scenes featurette earlier this week showing how they filmed this movie to play out like one non-stop long take. Set during World War I in the year 1917, the movie takes place over the course of one day, following soldiers on a "seemingly impossible mission" to deliver a message across enemy lines to stop an attack that will kill their own soldiers. With cinematography by Roger Deakins. Starring Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay, joined by a stellar ensemble cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, Andrew Scott, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Teresa Mahoney, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Justin Edwards, Gerran Howell, Anson Boon, and Richard McCabe. I cannot wait to see this! All of the footage looks spectacular – realistic but also riveting, dragging us into this day in 1917. Feels so intense.
Here's the full-length official trailer (+ poster) for Sam Mendes' 1917, direct from Universal's YouTube:
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (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 put a stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers – Blake's own brother among them. 1917 is directed by Oscar-winning English filmmaker Sam Mendes, director of the films American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, Away We Go, plus James Bond's Skyfall and Spectre previously. The screenplay is written by Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Produced by Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, and Jayne-Ann Tenggren; co-produced by Michael Lerman. Amblin + Universal Pictures will open Sam Mendes' 1917 movie in theaters everywhere starting December 25th, on Christmas Day, at the end of this year. Planning to go watch this in theaters?
Looks more like some Odissey on its own. But honestly, why are we still fed, in 21st century, with the stories of bravery in wars? No matter how good is this done, there's still something shallow about it...
shiboleth on Oct 3, 2019
I agree, shiboleth. It's like human beings are addicted to not only fighting wars, but then making entertaining stories celebrating the fighting of them. We as a species fight and kill one another in massive numbers and then want to be entertained by stories about the killing. I can't imagine how horrible this 'trench warfare' was. Sending men up out of the trenches to attack only to be mowed down by machine-gun fire killing huge numbers of young men. It's pure insanity. I loved Kubrick's great Paths of Glory because it was critical of the men who give the orders and was anti-war to be sure. What is this one about? What are its themes? Is it as you say just celebrating bravery in war? Which is insane to me as doing so is like justifying and recruiting for others to partake in wars. It's crazy stuff. This 'fake' one take thing with this film kind of turns me off. What's the film about? Is is saying something worthwhile or just an entertainment. It take more than a gimmick to make a good intelligent film. I must say I thought the trailer made it look like a good movie, but I got no sense of what the film had on its mind.
thespiritbo on Oct 3, 2019
It's not hard to agree with you Bo. Nobody is questioning wars anymore, they are just taken for granted, everywhere. Wars as reality is all around us. But everybody is enjoying their portrayals in films or else. Which says that something is wrong with the state of mind of today's people. It's like we're back on the beginning of 19th century or something like that. Oh yeah, I agree very much about Kubrick's Paths of Glory. What a wonderful film. One of the better roles from Kirk Douglas. And on the end, the fact about the WWI (which, of course, is not subject of this film). People forget, or they never knew it, that just before and during the first years of that Great War there was the biggest anti war movement which finaly, and unfortunately, didn't succeed in stopping the war. What is worse, almost nobody questions the consequences of all that. Sad, isn't it? Anyway, as you might say it, see you later gator ...
shiboleth on Oct 5, 2019
It's good to read your take on war and being entertained by them like zombies who don't see it the way you describe. I appreciate your sharing on that high a level, shiboleth. People seem to justify them and it drives me crazy when people justify America dropping atomic bombs on cities filled with innocent civilians. It stopped the war and blah blah blah, but it's a refusal to just acknowledge how insane human beings are that they engage in wars and drop bombs on innocent people killing them in massive numbers. It's just insane. Then to make entertainment...movies about them glorifying war with heroes etc. Crazy stuff, man. Good to see someone like you expressing this kind of perspective. Cheers!
thespiritbo on Oct 6, 2019
That is a pretty idiotic and ignorant comment.
Sascha Dikiciyan on Oct 4, 2019
It's just an modest addendum to 'pretty idiotic and ignorant' affair called a war ...
shiboleth on Oct 4, 2019
War is a reality and there will always be stories of courage and bravery that come from that. To fight for freedom is as worthy cause as any I can think of. However, there are many wars fought for greed or annexation which are terrible and no man should be sacrificed for those ambitions. WW1 and WW2 were defending themselves against tyrannical and genocidal forces. Sometimes violence is necessary to stop a bully. Negotiating and "love" is a pipe dream and not the reality of the world we live in.
THE_RAW_ on Oct 4, 2019
I experienced a war very close and I come from the area where wars are easygoing thing if society is not ready to prevent them. One of the things I learned from it is that calling war 'a reality' means to advocate a war. The other one that I learned is that war is never a fight for a freedom, a pipe dream of its own (and I think that works for any war). However, I do acknowledge that there's a problem and relation of a violence and of history and that it can't be faced without the fight. But wars are not means to do it. They are just making everything worse. Furthermore, I agree that fighting in WWII was fighting against 'tyrannical and genocidal forces', but I'm not convinced that it was a real fight for freedom (despite the fact that I would always support the winning side in it). As for the WWI, I think that all sides in that Great War were 'tyrannical and genocidal forces'. Purpose of films or narratives like this one is to hide such things. And they obviously do gain a lot of popular support, another pipe dream of its own ...
shiboleth on Oct 4, 2019
Looks like they nailed the soldiers' ages. They all look like they could be in high school or younger. The walk and talk in the trenches gave me THE WEST WING vibes.
DAVIDPD on Oct 3, 2019
Anyone getting Dunkirk vibes? haha
andrew on Oct 3, 2019
What a sound editing....marvelous edit and film making....Kudos to director and his team...
Ganapathy Panneer Selvam on Oct 3, 2019
Gripping trailer and I'm down for the one take shot. Looks incredible.
THE_RAW_ on Oct 4, 2019
Nick Sears on Oct 4, 2019
This looks thoughtfully directed and shot. I'm sold!
Electronic Eric on Oct 4, 2019
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