Very few films have managed to capture a realistic depiction of the horrors of war. Dunkirk, however, directed by Christopher Nolan, has accomplished this difficult feat. Laced with outstanding cinematography and even more impressive acting, the film brings the viewer directly back to 1940, and transports them into the center of the beaches of France. Dunkirk managed to convey what only men who survived and experienced the battle firsthand could recount; the utter desperation in times of hopelessness and the courage in the hearts of the citizens who risked their lives to save the men who were tasked with saving us. The film was able to do more than commemorate those who fought for England during World War ll- it provided the perspective to truly discern what these brave soldiers faced and an overwhelming sense of gratitude for their service.