War movies are inevitably part of both the era they represent and the time in which they are created. Director Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Dunkirk, is an attempt to send a valuable message from one time to another. The World War II battle at the center of the narrative has come to signify a sense of hope through communal effort — and that is obviously n indictment of what is happening in the world today: too many governments seem to be morally corrupt, visionless, and indifferent to the struggles of the common man. What happened at Dunkirk was about perseverance, sacrifice, and a do-or-die commitment to the lives of members of a community. It was a major turning point in World War II — yet glory was an afterthought.
Dunkirk focuses on the embattled evacuation, by the Allies, of the beaches
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