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Journey's End

Journey's End
Drama, War | 2018 | R. 1hr 47min
CAST: Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Paul Bettany, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge, Stephen Graham DIRECTOR: Saul Dibb  ENDS MAY 3

March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches of northern France, led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope (Claflin). With a German offensive imminently approaching, the officers (Bettany, Graham, Sturridge) and their cook (Jones) use food and the memories of their lives before the war to distract themselves, while Stanhope soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with the dread of the inevitable. A young officer, Raleigh (Butterfield), arrives 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...

What does a movie based on a 90-year-old play about World War I have to say to contemporary audiences? Plenty.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
This taut, emotionally wrenching snapshot of both the mythologies and grim realities of war possesses useful reminders about self-deception and abuse of power, especially at a time when bellicose rhetoric and war cabinets seem to be the order of the day.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
Playing young men facing possible, even probable, doom, the actors are magnificent.
Anita Katz, San Francisco Examiner
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