Dunkirk felt so real that it gave me goosebumps!

So this was the movie people were waiting to see! Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan, had very high expectations and I’m glad to say that I think it has exceeded them.

The Plot

The general plot was as authentic as it could be – no added love stories or context. And that is why I liked it!  Soldiers fighting for survival on the Dunkirk beaches and the kindness of small boat owners who risked their lives to save those who were injured or capsized.

The trauma the soldiers faced both on the ground, in the air and over sea gave me an idea of what it was actually like. Yes I was not there, however I felt like I was. I was at awe as I saw planes fly through the sky and I winced when sudden bombs and gun shots were heard. I could not ever imagine living through it, yet people did. It made me feel very patriotic.

Best Scenes

Some scenes come to mind, some happy and some very moving. Either way I felt myself near tears when I was watching them. Scenes like the Windstone boat rescuing dozens of men covered in oil after their ship sank. The rescuers consisted of a father and his two sons, one of which fell and later suffered serious injuries, resulting in his death. George, aged 17 who had only young, died with legacy while trying to save others.

Times looked very bleak in the film and when the captain (Tom Hardy) thought everything was lost, he eventually saw them. Dozens of boats, all travelling from far and wide to help transport the soldiers back to safety. In this stunning scene, the captain was asked “What did you see?”. His reply was “Hope” and this hope saved 235,000 men.

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Harry Styles as a soldier in the WW2 Dunkirk evacuation (left)

It was not just Tom Hardy in this film, you may have noticed a well known boy band member, dressed as a soldier with very short hair. I did not recognise him, it was of course Harry Styles! It was definitely not a beautiful sight during the war, but he seemed to cope pretty well in his first acting role. He was remarkably good and very convincing. Maybe a little tune would have done the trick in those times of misery.

I had the pleasure to watch this film twice and it made me think about unity  This is especially relevant because without those small boats, without the friendships and their ability to work as one, no one would have survived.

The Graphics and Music

The music paired with the graphics beautifully. It added anticipation and suspense. You knew how the soldiers were feeling, just by the music.

Summary

I loved the fact that the film was not sugar coated and it was big in music and graphics. It showed what it was like and it looked terrifying. My heart was in my chest all the way through, as I saw men waiting and fighting for their lives. I felt very patriotic after the film(s) and proud to be British.

What did you think of Dunkirk?

A family member went to see it on a different occasion and said that it was good but it lacked “Umph”.

Star Rating

Undoubtably, I would give Dunkirk 4 stars. Need I say more?

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Broken S1 E2: When life gets too much, we find solace in others, but is it enough? (Spoiler alert)

This episode was especially moving. This review of the episode talks about sensitive issues such as Suicide.

My Thoughts

The episode followed Roz Demichelin who had been considering suicide since she was found out for stealing money (232,000) from her employer to fund her gambling addiction. Father Micheal was aware of this and had the decision of intervening or letting her go through with it.

I felt bad that she could be driven to those that and I just wanted to shout “please don’t do it”. She had a family, love, children and it was heartbreaking. Yes her family life was stressful and her children had little knowledge of how to cook, clean, wash clothes, just like most children.

We also saw Father Micheal battle with his thoughts and guilts. He tried so hard to help others and convince residents to reconsider, that he was unable to help himself. Memories of his childhood reappearing while in prayer. The residents can go to him for support, but who can he go to?  Even when his mother was ill, he had little solace in others.

Final Note

I found this episode emotional and I really sympathised with the characters. Their lives were so different in many ways however they still struggled. I just wished that things could have ended differently for them.

Star Rating

I would give this episode 4 stars! As always, I was engaged and interested until the credits.

 

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S1, E3: Conspiracies emerged and truths backfired in the series, Broken! (spoiler alert)

I am reviewing S1 E3 of the BBC series Broken. This episode was especially tense and we got an insight into Father Micheal’s flashbacks.

My Thoughts

He had a troubled education – he was mallestered by his english teacher, Father Matthews. He has had trouble in his past taking advantage of girls and it makes me wonder if it was because of his teacher?

It seemed like those who ran the church and took of advantage failed Micheal, yet he still went to God as a priest. He had to face Father Matthew’s sooner or later and when he did, Father Matthew’s was very dismissive of the claims and stated “you enjoyed it”. I felt very sorry for Father Micheal as he didn’t get the apology that he deserved.

Father Micheal was also fighting with his guilt over Vernon’s message. It was like a song in his head that he could not get out – one with a memorable addictive tune like crazy frog.

We also were introduced to a police man who was at the scene when Vernon was shot. He was advised to tell the truth by father Micheal. However the female coworker Dawn, who sprayed on a young boy and lead to his death threatened the police officer to lie. His story did not match up with the other officers and he was angry that she got away with killing a young boy.

All of his family and friends were put against him – peer pressuring him to change his account of the death. He was understandably angry and infuriated that he, the truthful one, was shot down by those who lied. I just wished that he could help and be the officer to allow his mother to know the truth.

Last Note

It was tense, gripping and I had my heart in my chest and I just hoped that Dawn would admit really happened to Vernon. It was so sad to think that someone telling the truth was grated down to the point of lying.

We saw a vulnerable side to Father Micheal in this episode and relived his childhood memories of his unsavoury education. How is he support to help others when he is struggling himself?

Star Rating

Based on my review, I would give the episode 4 stars!

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I was left in knots by Berlin Syndrome! (Spoiler alert)

I looked at the plot before hand, but only briefly. I wanted to know what was going on but still be surprised and gripped to the screen. The film did not disappoint.

My Thoughts

The thriller had the two key ingredients – a psychotic killer and obsessive and an unwilling victim who was prepared to risk her life to escape. The way Clare stabbed him in the hand with a screwdriver was gutsy and how she cunningly beat him with his own weapon was sneaky.

At first looks you wouldn’t think that anything was wrong with Andi or odd but looks can be deceiving. Under that neat beard and nice eyes, there was a monster who would manipulate, abuse and lock woman away against their will. His creepy stare and photobooks of disturbing naked photos would be enough to damage someone for life. Especially if they are not you…

Of course this man had no intention if stopping after his previous victim Nathalie and moved on to Clare. A sweet young Australian tourist who just wanted to travel and develop memories.

The plot was definitely gripping and my eyes were locked on the awful situation in front of me. My criticism was that Clare got involved with Andi very quickly and didn’t really think “hmm I don’t know this guy and I am on my own so I should probably be careful”. I think the “stranger danger” advice that parents tell their children is relevant here. Furthermore the dangerous fling between Andi and Clare was a bit naive and rushed.

Final Note

What a film and my attention was glued to the screen right to the end! Apart from my little criticisms, it would be happy to see it again or recommend it to others!

Star Rating

Based on my review, I would give Berlin Syndrome 4 stars as it was gripping, captivating and nail bitingly tense!

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S1 E3: Dramatic concrete finale to the gripping series, Paula! (Spoiler alert)

What a build up to such an exciting episode! I have been critical of the previous two episodes, however this finale passed all my expectations.

My Thoughts

The episode was less farfetched than last week’s and answered all our questions.

James found out his fate in court and Paula and Mac were understandably struggling with everything that had seen and gone through. Mac was still recovering from his attack when he confronted James after he attacked Paula in the restaurant.

I have called Paula marmite before and I could not agree more in the finale. She has an odd way of solving her problems and it mostly includes getting other people involved and in the wrong. She also doesn’t help herself and tends to go back to old flames such as James.

We saw a different side to Paula and I actually felt sorry for James, especially after he revealed his sad childhood and the identity of that young girl he had been seeing. The young girl being his sister, I admit that I expected her to be one of his victims so I guess there are no skeletons in his closet.

So poor James was suffering with more frequent nightmares and his sister Mary was appearing. She looked very creepy with her pale skin and she didn’t speak at all – she just stared and I was waiting for her to jump out. Luckily she didn”t…

Paula became a different person in the finale and we found out how psychotic she really was. James came to visit her in her basement and a kiss became something more sinister. James woke up in a dark container, which was later buried under fresh concrete. This just reminded him of when he was locked in a cupboard with his sister. James had finally met his match and relied on Paula to live – “I keep you alive or you can die and it won’t matter”. I thought she had killed and buried him, but this is so much worse.  I found this very disturbing to watch, and just to make it even more creepy, we saw Mary one last time.

Final Note

So the series was short and sweet, but not low on drama, suspense and little girl sightings. The ending was very unpredictable and uncomfortable and Paula’s final act made us awe in shock. Very good series. Would recommend.

Star Rating

Overall I would give this episode and the overall series 4 stars!

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S1 E2: Broken introduced new cracks to the plot as Michael Kerrigan’s past was revealed! (Spoiler Alert)

In this second episode, we saw more emphasis on Priest Micheal Kerrigan (played by Sean Bean), than the young struggling mother, Christina Fitzsimmons (played by Anna Friel).

My Thoughts

As a priest, he has not had the most innocent past. During a woman’s confession, he revealed that he abused women and used for sex. It is not everyday that you find out that your priest had those shocking intentions. As he explained, he was very young and took advantage of them because he could.

Priest Micheal Kerrigan did not have the best time in this episode. Alongside his confession to the woman, he unintentionally contributed to the death of a young man. When he could have gone and helped him, he decided to ignore the phone call, only to find out the horrible news in the sermon the next morning.

He found the guilt extremely overwhelming, however he had to make a choice: Should he tell the boys mother of his guilt or be the priest that she needs for her grief and support her? I also tried to imagine what I would do in that situation – if I would have the guts to tell her that he may still be alive if I picked up the phone. I don’t think I would be able to.

Final Note

The episode was gripping but not in a thriller way. It made me think about my morals and regrets. It showed that guilt could be very overpowering, and that even so, a man can turn his life around and get forgiveness from God.

I could not look away from start to finish and I am eager to see what the next episode has holds. With so much in the priests past, I have no doubt that there are many more shocks and revelations to come.

Star Review

I would give the review 4 stars as it was morally gripping from start to finish! The series is different to other BBC dramas and I like it!

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Broken looks at the lives of two people and shows us the harsh reality! 

This is a new BBC series following two people and how they are facing life in its most unpredictable way.

General Plot

The episode followed Sean Bean as Father Micheal Kerrigan with an abusive and sad past and Anna Friel, a financially struggling mother of three who lost her job. The reality is that life is not always kind like God and for Father Micheal, he has seen horrible things.

My Thoughts

We saw struggles with claiming benefits, feeding three children, dealing with the past. It seemed that they were all trying to make a living with the little money and resources they had.

I was especially emotional when Anna’s mum died and had the phone in her hand to call help, only to die before it came. She was so broke that she tried to hide her mothers death so she could still get her pension and it became days. Her family were asking questions and the idea of keeping her mother alive for her pension, was to others quite heartless, nethernerless, it was what Anna relied on to live.

Father Micheal’s flashbacks were all church related and not positive. He was still troubled with memories.

Was it intense, gripping? Yes. It was a different type of drama and was more relatable than gripping murder series.

Final Note

I found it very difficult to watch, not because it was badly made… no, because people actually lived that way with little money and lack of job security. It was heart breaking.

It was different to everything I have seen and it’s real life depiction reminded me of a film I had watched – I Daniel Blake. One I would also recommend to watch if you have a night to yourself and a box of tissues.

Star Rating

I would give this series 4 stars and would recommend watching this (if you have not already). The series looks like it will become more interesting. I will definitely be watching next week. You in?

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