Sam Mendes brought his new movie baby to NYCC on Thursday. 1917 is a WWI epic that will be presented as one, continuous, two-hour shot. Mendes called it “the most exciting job of my career,” while presenting the film from the panel; and he passed that excitement on to the crowd when they saw the trailer.
The film tells the real-time, two-hour story of two soldiers sent to send a message and save 1600 souls from falling into a German trap. It was shot in several sections and spliced together to be presented as a single, unbroken shot. Deadline reported that Mendes wanted the audience to “breathe every breath” with the soldiers. Cinematographer Roger Deakins said the work was “exhilarating and inspiring. It’s a completely immersive experience.”
Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones) and George MacKay star. The cast also features Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Andrew Scott (Sherlock), and Richard Madden (Game of Thrones). Check out the riveting trailer, below!
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.