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Behind the Line: Escape to Dunkirk

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Budget World War II drama has violence, some swearing.

Movie NR 2020 87 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

A war movie that does battle on a budget, Behind the Line: Escape to Dunkirk is a modest period drama that attempts to celebrate the familiar tropes of war movies where good triumphs over evil. Despite a decent opening set piece and some well-drilled performances in its boxing scenes, it struggles to sustain any real tension as it follows a group of Allied soldiers during their time in a prisoner-of-war camp. The characters' dialogue is mostly exposition, sucking the drama out of scenes and leading to very little actual characterization.

With the secondary characters in particular barely developed, there's very little to invest in here. The accents from the supporting cast -- who are supposed to be French and German -- also frequently slip. The plot to escape the POW camp features intermittently, obscured by the boxing matches Danny must undertake to negotiate marginal gains with the Germans. However, the escape is supposed to be the movie's climax, leading to a muddled ending that literally packs a punch, but falls a long way short of a cinematic KO.

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