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War Movie 1917 Has Same IMDb Score As Saving Private Ryan

War Movie 1917 Has Same IMDb Score As Saving Private Ryan

War flick 1917 is yet to be released in the UK, but it's picking up rave reviews across the pond, where it's already been released. So much so, that it's notched up the same IMDB score as Saving Private Ryan. Pretty impressive.

With more than 2,200 reviews and an average score of 8.6 - the same as Saving Private Ryan - the Sam Mendes directed war movie has also been nominated for three Golden Globes, including one for Best Motion Picture - Drama.

Meanwhile, on Rotten Tomatoes it has a solid 90 percent and that's before we even get into the movie critics' reviews - with Forbes' Scott Mendelson titled '1917 Might be the Movie of 2019' and the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw saying the film was 'as exciting as a heist movie, disturbing as a sci-fi nightmare'.

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Perhaps naturally with it being a war movie, comparisons to Saving Private Ryan have been made ever since we saw the first trailer drop, but if the reviews are anything to go by, 1917 lives up to the hype.

Credit: Universal Pictures
Credit: Universal Pictures

The movie is set in northern France during the First World War and centres on two young British soldiers - Schofield (played by George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman).

A synopsis reads: "Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldier's brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap."

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1917 also stars Sherlock actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott as well as Richard Madden (Bodyguard).

The film, which is tipped for Oscar success, is made all the more impressive by the fact the entire 119 minute movie is filmed to appear as one continuous shot.

But achieving that goal wasn't easy for the cast and crew, with Mendes admitting to Total Film that many of the scenes took 'hundreds of takes - literally' to get right.

He added: "There were days when you were like, 'Why did I do this to myself?'"

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Credit: Universal Pictures
Credit: Universal Pictures

Speaking to Deadline cinematographer Roger Deakin said: "The front page of 1917 was this imagined to be one continuous shot and you [say] 'Really?'

"I was concerned it was a gimmick but it's not a gimmick, it's a way to get sucked into the story. Every film has a different way to tell a story and this was a particular challenge."

Sadly, UK audiences will have to wait to see the fruits of the cast and crew's labours, as its not released until 10 January this side of the pond.

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Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]