Silver Screen: Journey’s End

12A

INFO

Starring
Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge

Director: Saul Dibb

Running Time: 108 minutes

Certificate: 12A - moderate violence, infrequent strong language

Country: UK

Format: 2D


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"The first world war is one of the 20th century’s oldest, grimmest tales of futility and slaughter. Dibb and his excellent cast put new passion into it."
★★★★
-Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

"Dibb’s film at times feels of a piece with Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, from the oppressive immediacy of the camerawork to the heavy, droning soundtrack."
★★★★
-Ed Potton, Times

"An outstanding cast savours performing a play that has stood the test of time. Avoiding sentimentality, this is a valuable rejoinder to those who would sugar-coat mass slaughter."
★★★★
-Andrew Lowry, Empire Magazine

"This version of Journey’s End may not offer any new perspectives into its subject matter but it is made with a commitment and intensity that stop it from ever seeming old fashioned."
★★★★
-Geoffrey Macnab, Independent


March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches in northern France led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin). A German offensive is imminent, and the officers (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham Tom Sturridge) and their cook (Toby Jones) distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and their past lives. Stanhope, meanwhile, soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with his dread of the inevitable. A young new officer, Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), has just arrived, fresh out of training and abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting - not least because he is to serve under Stanhope, his former school house monitor and the object of his sister’s affections. Each man is trapped, the days ticking by, the tension rising and the attack drawing ever closer.

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