During World War II, allied troops were stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk in the French front awaiting evacuation. German bombers began picking them off and the race to save them began. With Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Aneurin Barnard, Lee Armstrong, James Bloor, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Glynn-Carney, Tom Hardy and Jack Lowden. Directed by Christopher Nolan. [1:46]
SEX/NUDITY 0 - A man unfastens his pants presumably to defecate and we see his boxer shorts briefly.
VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A torpedo strikes the side of an evacuation ship and blows a hole in it; many people on board the ship struggle to get out as it fills with water and sinks (we see one man swimming toward a ladder and he drowns before he reaches it). Several scenes show thousands of men lined up on a beach and along a pier awaiting evacuation as bombers soar overhead; bombs are dropped, sand and rubble spray and men are thrown in the air (we see bodies thrown and then see many strewn on the ground with few visible wounds). Several bombs are dropped and strike a crowded pier (we see wood splinter and men disappear out of sight). Several ships are bombed and we see them list and sink as men onboard panic and jump overboard to get away. A rescue ship is bombed and sinks while still at the pier; we see men trying to climb the side of the ship and we hear screaming (men are possibly crushed between the ship's hull and the pier structure).
► Planes engage mid-air and shots are fired; several planes are struck and fall from the sky, a couple of planes are struck and land on water and one runs out of fuel and glides to a landing on land. Planes engage bombers as they approach a mine sweeper vessel; two planes are downed (we see smoke pour from them as they go down). A plane crashes into the sea where oil has spilled and many men are swimming; the oil catches fire and the men are engulfed (we hear them screaming).
► After a ship sinks and men scramble to get out we see them floating in the water and covered with oil. Several men run as they are shot at from unseen shooters; all but one man are shot and fall to the ground (some blood spray is seen). After making a water landing a pilot cannot open his hatch to get out and he sinks under water (he is rescued and is alright). Several men watch as another man walks into the sea and dives under water (it's not clear if this is a suicide). Several men hide in a grounded boat and unseen shooters fire and hit the hull making holes in it and striking one man inside (he screams and we see blood on his face)
► Several scenes show many bodies floating in the water (coming in with the tide) and scattered on a beach. We see a beach lined with helmets and bodies strewn around. A soldier is shown burying a body in the sand (we see a bare foot uncovered). Many wounded men are shown being carried on stretchers toward an evacuation ship (we see bandaged and bloody wounds on several men).
► A plane is shown wrecked and floating in the sea. A man is shown perched on an upturned ship and he jumps off to catch a line from a passing boat. After a plane touches down the pilot torches it and he is taken hostage by soldiers with guns.
► A man argues with a boat captain and shoves a teen boy; the boy falls and strikes his head (we see a lot of blood), and he later says that he cannot see before he dies (we see the body lying still as a man pronounces him dead). A man holds a gun on another man as they argue about his being a spy.
► As a ship moves through water at night we hear voices of men in the water pleading for help and saying, "Don't leave us." Several men argue about getting onto an evacuation ship (the British won't allow French to board a British ship). A commander tells another man that he must choose between wounded men on stretchers and standing men during evacuation. A man argues with his son. We hear that there are 400,000 men who require transport during an evacuation. A man is said to be "shell-shocked." We see billowing smoke on the horizon throughout the movie. A man tells a boat captain, "If we go there we will die."
► A man unfastens his pants presumably to defecate (we do not see defecation).
PROFANITY 5 - About 2 F-words, 2 scatological terms, 5 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for the French, name-calling (sitting ducks, coward, shell-shocked, German spy, daft, old fool, tosser, sod), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. Christ, For God's Sake). [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - Soldiers are handed bottles of beer on a train (we do not see them drink).
DISCUSSION TOPICS - World War II, war, life and death decisions, heroism, doing something of significance, loss of life in war.
MESSAGE - Heroism comes in many forms.