When it comes to war movies, WWI doesn’t tend to get the same attention as WWII. While “Wonder Woman” marched through the trenches this summer, films set solely about the bloody war end all war have been a bit fewer and far between, but “Journey’s End” certainly makes an impression.
Directed by Saul Dibb (“The Duchess,” “Suite Franchise“), starring Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge, Stephen Graham and Paul Bettany, and based on the famous play, the film follows a group of men as they dig in and face the true horror of war. Here’s the official synopsis:
March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches in northern France led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin). A German offensive is imminent, and the officers (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham Tom Sturridge) and their cook (Toby Jones) distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and their past lives. Stanhope, meanwhile, soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with his dread of the inevitable. A young new officer, Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), has just arrived, 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…
“Journey’s End” opens in the U.K. on February 2, 2018. No word yet on a U.S. release.