Tom Hardy in Dunkirk

Tom Hardy stars in writer/director Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk." (COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. PICTURES)

“Dunkirk,” writer/director Christopher Nolan’s re-creation of when civilian boats were used to rescue more than 300,000 British soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, France, during World War II, is remarkable for what it doesn’t have for as much as what it does.

In many respects, “Dunkirk” is the antithesis of what we’ve come to expect for war films, particularly those set during World War II. Nolan has streamlined the war movie to focus onto the actual messiness of war without many of the film elements we’ve come to expect.

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