The WWI story puts the two young men at the centre with a high-stakes mission to deliver a message that could save, or lose, 1,600 lives. It's an immersive take on a war we know all too well, and yet still seek answers for.
Mackay and Chapman have made their names in indie films including Captain Fantastic, True History of the Kelly Gang, and, most recently for Chapman, David Michôd's The King. It's promising here that such responsibility has been given to relatively fresh faces.
Mendes makes his return too, after directing Bond titles Skyfall and Spectre. The script is based on truth in more ways than one, as Mendes wrote from a "fragment" told by his grandfather, Alfred Mendes.
It's the story of resilience, of youth, of loyalty and of bravery. While it is once more a period piece – with reliable actors and visceral filmmaking (like Birdman, the film will look like one single shot), the time for 1917 can't come soon enough – bookmark 10 January so you don't miss out.
|What||1917: Sam Mendes' WWI personal story|
10 Jan 20 – 10 Jan 21, TIMES VARY
|Price||£ determined by cinemas|
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