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Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero movie based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and was produced by Marvel Studios. It’s the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers, and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and overall the nineteenth film in the cinematic universe.

The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and features an ensemble cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, among many more.

Infinity War is the first part of an on going series that the Russo brothers came on board to direct in April of 2015, and drew inspiration from Jim Starlin’s 1991 The Infinity Gauntlet comic, as well as Jonathan Hickman’s 2013 Infinity Comic.

The film was so popular that it affected a number of industries, and even made an appearance in the betting industry, where people wagered on characters in the film, not unlike AFL Premiership betting.

The Story of Thanos

The Mad Titan Thanos has begun his hunt for the most powerful objects in the universe: the Infinity Stones. When we first meet the titan, he possesses the Power Stone, and takes the Space Stone from Loki after he kills him.

He then sends his lieutenants to planet Earth to acquire the Time Stone that’s being guarded by Doctor Strange. Tony Stark and Doctor Strange team up to fight Thanos’ lieutenants with the help of Spiderman, while the Hulk refuses to make an appearance.

Thor joins forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy in space, and the team decides to split in two, with Thor, Groot and Rocket heading to forge Thor a weapon worthy of facing Thanos, while the rest of the team, including Starlord, Mantis, Groot, and Gamora head out to meet Thanos head on.

Thor, Rocket, and Groot manage to forge Stormcaller, a weapon that has the power to match that of Thanos, even with his newly-acquired Infinity Stones. Stark, Strange, Spiderman, and the rest of the Guardians team up on Thanos’ home world in an attempt to remove the gauntlet from his hand. While almost successful, an error on Starlord’s part sees Thanos defeat them all, who is then given the Time Stone by Doctor Strange.

Back on Earth, the rest of the Avengers have assembled to fight Thanos’ army while they try to remove the Mind Stone from Vision’s head. Thanos arrives and takes the last stone, and completes the gauntlet just before being mortally wounded by Thor.

With his last breath, Thanos snaps his fingers and instantly wipes out half of all sentient-creates in the entire universe before teleporting away.

Incredible Accolades

Infinity War was the fourth film and the first superhero film to gross more than $2 billion worldwide, and broke a number of box office records to become the highest-grossing movie of 2016, as well as the fourth highest of all time.

Overall, the film received high praises from both critics and the audience with an approval rating of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes. Many have praised the choice of the Thanos winning in the end, which provides a break from the generic villain arcs that had begun to plague the MCU.

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Deadpool

Best described as intensely self-aware, macabre, and insanely violent, the mission statement for Marvel’s anti-hero movie seems to be ‘the meta, the better’.

Directed by Tim Miller, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and starring Van Wilder star Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool is crammed full of irony, pop-culture references, and is legitimately hilarious.

The tone for the film is set straight out of the gate as, instead of the names of actors, the line-up of generic roles are summed up simply as archetypes, for example “Starring God’s Perfect Idiot” and “British Villain”.

Finally a Full Movie

After a cameo role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), fans were annoyed by the fact that Deadpool has never had a full movie to his name and Marvel stepped up to the plate in the most marvellous (no pun intended) way possible.

Deadpool is in many ways the unreliable black sheep of the X-Men family and is considered as more mercenary than superhero, but he has got super-athletic combat abilities and the capacity to heal everything in this body – apart from his disfigured face of course which he conceals with a mask.

Non-Stop Action from the Get Go

Arriving into the fray in the back of a cab, right away it’s evident that Deadpool is hell-bent on wreaking havoc and revenge on the British Villain, Ajax, played by Game of Thrones alumnus Ed Skrein.

The ensuing flashbacks show the viewer snapshots of Deadpool’s past when he was simply Wade Wilson, a former Special Forces agent turned gun for hire (and possible fan of online pokies NZ) who has fallen in love with Morena Baccarin’s character, Vanessa.

Of course, as these things go, tragedy strikes and Wade’s super powered destiny pulls him away from Vanessa and everything he loves, and he transmutes this emotional pain into a thirst for violence and glibness.

Regrettably Not Ed Skrein’s Best

Unlike other superheroes, Deadpool seems to be equal parts good and bad guy and this is the only part where the film’s intention becomes a bit blurry. As Deadpool is so acerbic, it doesn’t leave a lot of room for Ajax to actually be the bad guy and it isn’t a convincing portrayal.

Regrettably, Skrein’s character comes across more as the villain’s henchman than the villain himself and he comes across as one dimensional.

Possibly Reynolds’ Best Role

Ryan Reynold’s seems to be developing in his career like a fine wine.

As he edges closer to the foothills of early middle age, Reynolds has developed a searing self-deprecation, confidence in his good-looks, and a goofy side akin to that of George Clooney – another of Hollywood’s sweethearts. all of these real-life-Reynolds characteristics are brought together with careful precision in Deadpool to create to the ultimate anti-superhero and his razor sharp wit is a clear nod to Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.

As the complete antithesis of a superhero, Deadpool is neurotic and needy and it makes for a highly entertaining film. Deadpool is an absolute, innocent pleasure.

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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Bohemian Rhapsody chronicles the rise of rock sensation Queen with a focus on the band’s frontman Freddie Mercury. Starring Remi Malek of Mr. Robot fame as the legendary lead singer, Bohemian Rhapsody doesn’t tell the story of Mercury from birth to death, but rather focuses on 15 years of Queen’s rise and comeback.

Paying special attention to the 1985 Live Aid concert which aimed to raise money to fight the famine in Ethiopia, Malek offers a masterful depiction of Freddie Mercury and while he doesn’t look exactly like Mercury, he embodies him from head to toe.

A Masterful Depiction of Freddie Mercury

It may be difficult to imagine an accurate depiction of Freddie Mercury owing to his unique features – the high cheekbones, seemingly endless jawline, and his overbite – but his style of performance was what really needed to be mastered.

Malek may not look exactly like Mercury – even with the prosthetic teeth – but his performance drives the entire film and Malek shines both in the depiction of Mercury on stage and in his darker, more intimate moments. Malek is mesmerizing on stage as he performs with such vigour as if channelling Mercury himself and gives himself over entirely.

An Intimate Portrayal of Friendship

As adept as Malek is at portraying Mercury the rock superstar, he is just as skilful in his depiction of Mercury the man. Some of the greatest moments in the film are not of on-stage performances – even though they are as epic as online slots real money Canada – but rather the portrayal of the intimate friendship between Mercury and his closest friend and partner Mary Austin, played by Lucy Boynton.

In these moments the audience is provided with a much more personal look into Mercury’s life as vulnerable and ambitious, driven by a search for identity. The film shows that Mercury may never have fully explored his talent or accepted his sexuality if it wasn’t for Mary.

The Recording of Bohemian Rhapsody

While the film’s focus is certainly on Mercury, the rest of the band is just as masterful in their portrayals. Gwilym Lee plays guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy plays drummer Roger Taylor, and Joe Mazzello plays bass guitarist John Deacon.

Personally, some of my favourite moments in the film are when the four are recording a song, particularly the recording of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. The recording of the song took place in a farmhouse and Malek is particularly skilful in this moment – just him, alone at the piano, with his raw emotions and natural talent on full display.

A Film Shrouded in Difficulty

Bohemian Rhapsody lingered in production limbo for many years and had a slew of stars and directors come and go. In fact, it’s remarkable that the film is so good despite its messy creative process and it certainly does not deserve to be overshadowed by the controversy and off-screen in-fighting.

Phenomenally shot by cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel, Bohemian Rhapsody is certainly a film which should be seen in the cinema, even if it is just to hear your favourite Queen songs in crisp surround sound.

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

While the plot of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – “A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor” – may sound trite and predictable, the movie is in fact a self-referencing masterpiece which turns the hardboiled detective genre on its head.

Starring Robert Downey Jr. who goes from a petty thief to a Hollywood actor and Val Kilmer as a gay Private Investigator, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is based on the novel by Brett Halliday and adapted for the screen and directed by Shane Black.

The Plot is Almost Beside the Point

As with the novels by Raymond Chandler which undoubtedly inspired the style of the film, the plot of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is wilfully convoluted, but in the grander scheme of things is largely beside the point.

As Chandler explained in the introduction to his 1950 collection of stories Trouble Is My Business, the moment in the hardboiled detective genre when the sleuth explains who did it and why, was everything and the process of getting to this moment was merely “passagework”. The film follows a similar trajectory, making the plot simply the path to the ‘big reveal’.

Petty Thief Turned Hollywood Actor

Narrated by Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.), the film opens with petty thief Lockhart fleeing from the New York City police after a burglary gone wrong and accidently stumbles into an open movie audition – much like how you may have stumbled upon your favourite online betting site.

The directors, mistaking his genuine distress for method acting, cast Lockhart as a star of a cop movie and he is sent to work alongside Perry van Shrike (Val Kilmer), a Private Investigator, to gain insight into his role with a few “detective lessons”. However, their routine stakeout goes horribly wrong when they witness something they should never have seen.

“Gay Perry” The Private Eye

Dubbed affectionately as “Gay Perry”, Val Kilmer’s character takes Lockhart on a routine stakeout which becomes decidedly un-routine upon them witnessing a car being dumped into a lake with a dead woman locked in the trunk.

Meanwhile, Lockhart has met the woman of his dreams – struggling actress Harmony Faith Lane (Michelle Monaghan) – and when her sister goes missing, Lockhart offers his services by pretending to be a Private Investigator. Soon it is discovered that the two cases of the woman in the lake and Harmony’s missing sister are connected.

A Self-Referential Hardboiled Whodunit

Of course, we could’ve already guessed that the cases would be connected as Lockhart had already explained to Gay Perry that in hardboiled detective novels – which Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is clearly a charming ode to – that the detective always take on two separate assignments only to discover later they are intertwined.

In fact, the film is absolutely crammed with self-referential gems such as this, but it’s done with such aptitude that at no point does it feel too ironic. Succeeding as both a parody and paragon of its genre, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is also delightfully noir-ish at times and offers plenty of nods to cultural artifacts.

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Venom

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the big budget film Venom has hit the cinemas with a bang, or should we say a bomb? This movie has been widely panned by critics, though quite a few cinemagoers have rated it highly for the humour – and a few fun memes have been created due to its slapstick and bizarre comedy angles.

With a rating of 32% on Rotten Tomatoes it is safe to say that there will be no major awards or box office records made for this movie any time soon, but it may just become a cult classic down the road…maybe.

Tom Hardy plays the main character and though he gave a strong performance it is not enough to carry the rest of the film, which plods along dully with too many plot lines intersecting and not enough action to keep you entirely entertained.

The Story

The skilled Tom Hardy plays earnest investigative journalist Eddie Brock, who is willing to go to any length to get “The Story”. Brock goes after the megalomaniacal tycoon Dr Carlton Drake (Played by Riz Ahmed), the head of The Life Foundation, which is obviously a front for evil deeds.

Willing to take any measure necessary to get “The Story”, journalist Brock goes to far and hacks his own girlfriend Anne Weyings (played by Michelle Williams) laptop, Anne also happens to be the lawyer for master of evil Dr Drakes – convenient.

After stepping over too many boundaries and burning too many bridges, Brocks life falls apart – he loses his job, his girl and ends up as a dishwasher (so the opposite of the Bruce Lee story?). Maybe he should try placing some bets on a sports betting NZ site, to earn a bit of extra money.

Brock is then approached by a doctor who works for The Life Foundation, who has inside information about the evil Dr Drake attempting to cross humans with aliens called symbiotes. So Brock, desperate for a comeback, sets off to investigate and is naturally infected by a symbiote.

Brock then gets a crash course in alien body snatching by the symbiote that is called Venom, Venom gives Brock superhuman strength and healing powers, as well as Bruce Lee Kung Fu moves (no more dishwasher). Along with these amazing powers that Venom shares, he sometimes completely takes over, and we get to see the badass black and white teeth monster bite peoples head off – a highlight for sure.

Brock then teams up with his ex-girlfriend and her new man (strange but true) to figure out what the alien situation is and perhaps if he can have Venom removed – as Venom is eating him from the inside out as he is a parasite (symbiotic should be a beneficial relationship to both parties?) as well as stop the evil Dr Drake.

Too watch or not too Watch – go watch it! It’s a rambling movie, with no direction, the main character does not make sense in the storyline of the movie but…Tom Hardy gives an excellent performance and carries the entire movie basically alone.

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The Green Mile

The Green Mile is a 1999 fantasy crime drama directed and written by Frank Darabont. The film was originally adapted from Stephen King’s novel of the same name that was released in 1996.

The movie stars Tim Hanks alongside the late Michael Clarke Duncan, with supporting roles from James Cromwell, David Morse and Bonnie Hunt. Told in a flashback format, the film tells the story of Paul Edgecomb (Hanks) and his time working as a death row corrections officer during the Great Depression. He recounts the many supernatural events that he experienced.

The film has received a number of positive reviews from critics over the years, and received four Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound, and Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published.

Clarke won the Best Supporting Actor award, while Patricia Clarkson won Best Supporting Actress, and the film itself won Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film at the 2000 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and horror. It’s as riveting as the gambling online NZ has to offer, and just as rewarding too.

The Story

The story starts in Louisiana in 1999, where Paul Edgecomb is residing as a senior resident. He begins to cry while watching the film Top Hat, and when his friend Elaine becomes curious as to why, he explains the experiences he had as a younger man working in death row, a facility still around today where only the worst of the worst go.

It flashes back to 1935, and Edgecomb is shown as the supervisor of the facility that houses a number of inmates sentenced to death. We meet his supporting officers, and before long a new prisoner arrives in the form of John Coffey, a physically imposing but challenged man who was convicted for the murder and rape of two young girls in the area. Despite his crimes, it becomes apparent that Coffey is a gentle and thoughtful individual, and becomes scared at night when the lights are turn off.

The officers witness John perform a number of miracles, including healing Edgecomb’s bladder infection, resurrecting a dead mouse, and completely removes the cancer that was killing Melinda Moores, the wife of the warden. Another inmate is received into the facility in the form of William Wharton, an extremely unhinged mass-murderer who causes endless trouble for both the officers and the other inmates. We learn that Coffey was falsely accused of his crimes, being blamed due to his colour, and that the two young girls were actually murdered by Wharton. Wharton, who is eventually murdered by another officer, Percy Wetmore, after Coffey takes the pain and suffering from Moores and transfers it to Percy. John is then executed shortly after, but does not struggle, welcoming the peace of death after a life of suffering and abuse.

After being taken back to present time, Elaine begins to ponder how old Edgecomb is, and he reveals that he’s 106 years old, and that when John healed his infection, he blessed him with longevity, along with Mr. Jingles, the mouse that John resurrected.

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The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont. The film was based upon a novella called Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption written by author Stephen King. It tells the story of a man named Andy Dufresne, a successful banker during the 1940s who was accused and subsequently found guilty of the murder of his wife and her lover before being sent to prison.

Starring Tim Robbins and Dufresne, Morgan Freeman as Red, along with Samuel Norton, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, James Whitmore, and William Sadler, Shawshank Redemption features of some of the greatest stars of the early 1990s.

As such, the film is often considered by many to be the best film of all time, with some citing it as better than Citizen Cane. It had such a positive affect on the film industry and pop culture that the film was selected by the United States Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Film Registry, finding it historically, culturally, or aesthetically significant.

The film was also nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1995, the most for any adaption of Stephen King’s. The nominations included Best Picture, Best Actor (Freeman), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Editing, and Best Original Score. Although it didn’t win in any of the categories, the film has had an undeniable impact on modern pop culture, with endless quotes and parodies over twenty years later, and represents for film what online blackjack Canada does for gaming.

The Story

In 1947, Andy Dufresne, a well-known banker, is convicted of the murdering of his wife and her lover and is handed down two life sentences, both of which he would need to serve at Shawshank State Penitentiary. Upon arriving at the prison, he quickly finds himself a victim to the gangs, being beaten and raped for two years. In that time, he befriends the local fence, Ellis “Red” Redding, who provides the inmates with items that are otherwise hard to get hold of.

Dufresne’s previous life as a banker sees him gaining favour with the guards and the warden, who make use of his financial services in return for safety from the gangs that harass him. He slowly becomes part of a group of friends, becoming especially close with Red. The Warden begins dealing in illegal activities, and forces Dufresne to help him launder the money he receives from undercutting local business by using his cheap prison labour.

After years working for the warden, who kills the only man that could potentially see Dufresne be set free, he one day disappears out of his cell. A thorough search reveals nothing until the warden throws a rock through his poster, revealing that for decades, Dufresne had been tunnelling through the prison, ending up in the sewer system before running to freedom, and cashing in all of the laundered money from the warden’s account. Some years later, Red and Dufresne meet up on a beach in Mexico.

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Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles was written and directed by John Hughes and released in 1984 and was an instant hit at the box office.

Things Go Wrong

Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) wakes up to her 16th birthday with great expectations for a special day, but her whole family has forgotten.  Her older sister Ginny (Blanche Baker) is getting married the next day and the family is preoccupied with the wedding preparations.  During class Sam takes a sex quiz and in the quiz she says that if she could have sex with someone it would be Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling), a popular and very cute senior. When she passes the quiz back it falls on the floor and Jake picks it up.

Ted (Anthony Michael Hall) is in love with Sam.  Ted is a nerd and a geek and not at all part of the popular crowd.  Ted is forever hitting on Sam when they travel in the school bus.  When Sam arrives home after school all four grandparents are staying at the house to attend Ginny’s wedding.

One set of Sam’s grandparents have brought along a strange exchange student Long Duk Dong (Gedde Wattanabe) who is hilarious and adds some great humorous scenes to the movie.

Jake confides in his friend that his relationship with his girlfriend Caroline (Haviland Morris) is not what it used to be and that he is looking for something more in a relationship.  At a dance Ted’s geeky friends challenge Ted to hit on Sam and want proof – in the form of her panties.  Jake and Caroline are also at the dance and Jake notices Ted and Sam interacting.

Ted embarrasses Sam and she runs out of the dance.  Ted tells Jake that he intends to take Sam home after the dance and Jake thinks that Ted and Sam are an item.

Sam is mortified after Ted embarrasses her and she goes and hides in the auto shop.  Ted goes looking for Sam and she confides in him that she is in love with Jake.  Ted tells her that Jake has been asking about her and Sam is not quite sure what to do.  Meanwhile, Sam gives Ted her panties so that he can win the bet, although we bet that playing the online pokies NZ has to offer would have been less embarrassing, and still a sure winner!

The Party

Jake’s parents are away for the weekend and Caroline invites everyone she knows to his house for a party.  He tries to phone Sam but her grandparents keep answering the phone and he never gets to talk to Sam.  Sam of course is not aware of this.  Her parents realise that in all the busyness of Ginny’s wedding they had forgotten Sam’s sixteenth birthday.  Sam has a heart to heart talk with her Dad and all is forgiven.

After the party at Jake’s house Ted takes a very drunk Caroline home.  Before taking her home he first stops at his friend’s house so they can take a picture of Caroline in the car.

After Ginny’s wedding has taken place with a few hitches Sam comes out of the church and sees Jake waiting for her outside the church.  She can’t believe that he is there waiting for her.

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10 Things I Hate About You

This romantic comedy was released in 1999 and was directed by Gil Junger.

We are introduced to Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is new to Padua High School and the first girl he sees is the beautiful Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) and falls in love.  Bianca’s father (Larry Miller) is very strict and it is common knowledge that she is not allowed to date.  Cameron decides that he will find a way to date her no matter what.  Bianca is interested in the very popular Joey Donner (Andrew Keegan).  Cameron and his friend Michael (David Krumholtz) devise a plan so that Cameron can date Bianca.

The Plan Unfolds

Bianca’s father will only allow her to date if her older sister Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) also dates.  This is however a problem as Kat is not interested in dating and is known to be different and not interested in the social scene at all.  They realise that it is going to take a certain type of guy to date her.  Together with Joey, Cameron and Michael decide on Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) who has a reputation for being a rebel and Joey makes a deal with Patrick.  If Patrick can get Kat to go out with him he will give him cash, which we suppose he otherwise could have tried to win by enjoying a bit of horse racing betting.  Patrick accepts the challenge and takes the money.

Patrick realises that is not going to be that easy to get Kat to go out with him and asks Joey for more money that Joey gives him.   After much persuasion from Patrick and Bianca who begs her to go to a party, Kat agrees.  At the party Bianca realises that Joey is actually very shallow and only talks about himself.  Meanwhile Kat gets drunk and becomes the life of the party.  We get the feeling that there is much more to Kat’s antisocial behaviour than meets the eye.

A Prom Conundrum

Patrick takes Kat home where she tries to kiss him, but he pulls away leaving Kat confused and very angry.  Bianca realises that Joey is not the guy for her and asks Cameron to take her home.  Bianca kisses Cameron.  Joey refuses to be defeated and decides to ask Bianca to the prom.  Bianca can only go to the prom if Kat also goes and he gives Patrick more money to get Kat to go to the prom with him.  Kat is angry with Patrick and refuses to go to the prom.

Bianca and Kat have a heart to heart where she shares with Bianca that she and Joey had been an item who had just used her and she did not want the same thing to happen to Bianca.  Kat decides to go to the prom with Patrick.  Bianca decides to go with Cameron to the prom.  Everyone is having a great time until Kat finds out that Patrick was only interested in her for the money.  She is furious and leaves the prom.

You will all have to watch this great film to find out if Patrick and Kat reconcile.

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Dunkirk

Dunkirk is a war film based on the events that took place during the Dunkirk evacuation during World War 2. The film was written, produced, and directed by renowned director Christopher Nolan, who is known for his other work such as The Dark Knight, Interstellar, and Memento.

Dunkirk is a portrayal of the three different perspectives of the famous evacuation, namely, see, land, and air. Although there is very little dialogue throughout the film, much of Nolan’s skill comes to bear as he tells a story through visuals and a powerful musical score.

The film was highly reviewed by critics and filmgoers alike, with many praising its direction, screenplay, and cinematography, and being cited as Nolan’s best work to date, as well as one of the best war films of the modern era.

Dunkirk received eight nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards, of which is won for Best Editing. It also received a further eight nominations at the British Academy Film Awards, taking home the award for Best Sound.

At the 90th Academy Awards, the film received another eight nominations, including those for Best Picture and Best Director, and won Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. It’s a moving depiction of the acts World War 2, and is sure to give film lovers a good 2 hours of entertainment before they get back to enjoying the real slots NZ have to offer.

The Story

The story starts on a bleak beach in 1940, with thousands of Allied soldiers standing in vast lines on the beach, waiting to board the passenger ships that have come to pick them up. We are then introduced to Tommy, a British private who is the only survivor of a German ambush.

After making his way on to the beach, he meets another soldier, Gibson just before Germans dive-bomb the beach in an attempt to kill the waiting soldiers. With many being wounded, Gibson and Tommy see the opportunity to take a wounded soldier on board a hospital ship.

The ship is destroyed by more dive-bombers, but the two soldiers manage to get off before it sinks into the bay. With only one military ship available for transport, the British government calls for civilians to begin making their way across the English Channel. We are then introduced to more characters as each of their stories is broken down and timed into a converging point during the film.

We follow a civilian man, his son, and his son’s friend as they cast off to reach France in order to evacuate soldiers, and come across a stranger floating on a wreckage in the middle of the sea. In the sky, we meet the pilots of three Spitfires as they make their way across the English Channel and encounter German planes before their leader is shot down.

By the end of the film, over 300,000 soldiers have been successfully transported off of the beach by the hundreds of civilian boats that make the rescue journey.