The thing that has made most every trailer for this mid-summer’s fictionalized account of the rescue of the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk is the presence of Oscar winner “Bridge of Spies” star Mark Rylance. Playing one of the small boat captains urged to cross the English Channel and save England, when the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force and the French couldn’t manage it, he has one of the best lines ever uttered in a war film. This isn’t jolly good sport. It’s risk your life and future to save others, and maybe your way of life. It’s got responsibility, mission, idealism and fatalism rolled up into it.
“There’s no running away from this, son.”
Cillian Murphy is the traumatized soldier he utters it to, Tom Hardy is an intrepid RAF pilot, Kenneth Branagh’s in charge on the beach, and as with an earlier generation’s filmed account of “The Battle of Britain,” every British actor worth his RADA diploma angled to be included. Look for “Dunkirk” on July 21.