Friday, May 5, 2017

Christopher Nolan's war epic 'Dunkirk' gets a thrilling, tense new trailer

Today marks the kick-off of the summer movie season, as James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 heads to over 4,300 theaters across the country. From now until the start of August (summer is ending a bit earlier this year), we'll be seeing practically a new would-be blockbuster every week. Wonder Woman and Spider-Man: Homecoming are hoping to bring in loyal superhero fans, adult-skewing films from Fox like War for the Planet of the Apes and Alien: Covenant will attempt to ride the momentum of March's Logan, and original fare like Baby Driver and Atomic Blonde will try to break out in a crowded summer. In addition, there are plenty of surefire animated hits (Despicable Me 3, Cars 3) and big-budget sequels (Pirates of the Caribbean and Transformers return for their fifth installments), as well as a few horror films (It Comes at Night, Annabelle: Creation) for the genre fans. There's so much to be excited about, but the most fascinating film of the summer is undoubtedly Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk. World War II movies with Oscar buzz usually hit theaters in the fall, but Warner Bros. is launching Nolan's war thriller in the heart of the summer. It's a risky gamble, but this IMAX epic could very well turn into a massive breakout hit. Today, WB released the third trailer that will show in front of showings of Guardians this weekend. Check it out below!


Let's get this out of the way- when compared to trailers for other Nolan movies, the previews for Dunkirk have been weaker. This is just a fact. The trailers for Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and Interstellar were astonishing pieces of marketing, and while the Dunkirk teases have been great, they can't quite match up. This third trailer is certainly the best one yet, bringing the intensity and grim mood of Nolan's grand war epic to vivid life. I still don't quite know much of anything about the characters, but at this point, I know exactly what Nolan is going for and I am 100% in. Dunkirk looks nail-biting and horrifying, beautifully shot and brutally realistic at the same time. But to really get a feel for how this movie will shape up, you have to see the 6-minute prologue on the massive IMAX screen. The ticking sound that makes up Hans Zimmer's score will absolutely shred your nerves to bits, making the entire thing feel like one race against the clock. The different characters and locations don't make it easy to cut a trailer that gives audiences an accurate picture of what the movie will be like, but this trailer comes really close. It's a heart-pounding dose of classic movie marketing, and it looks and sounds great.

At this point, I've seen enough from Dunkirk. I absolutely cannot wait to see this thing, and I'm hoping that Nolan delivers a new war masterpiece.

Dunkirk will open on July 21.


Image: IMDB/WB

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