Tick Tick Tick Tick is probably what you're hearing if you played the track, "The Mole" by Hans Zimmer above. This is the opening noise to Christopher Nolan's newest film Dunkirk. This is also the noise you hear for about 95 percent of the film as it's constantly reminding you that there is a time limit to all of this and that there are a set of consequences if not done in a timely fashion. I know this is a class about writing but the soundtrack is the driving force of this movie for me. It builds and maintains all the tension with its constant rising which according to online news outlet Vox is done by a special sound illusion called, "Shepard Tones". The story however is told in three separate but intersecting perspectives of three different people trying to survive one evening at Dunkirk. The film does this by moving back and forth in time using flashbacks. Though the film is visually one of the most impressive things I've seen the story feels lacking to me. I feel as though they never really build any interesting ways to make me feel for or connect to these charachters.
The film also features very minimal dialogue which is something I usually am drawn to. However I feel as though a little more could have helped flesh out some of these characters and give me a reason to care about their survival. I understand that he wanted to present a way to fully be immersed as if we were actually there in the battle not saying much but thinking about how to survive the next hour. All in all it was a great time at the movies and was visually and sonically breathtaking. However a loose story with no real character development left me fatigued and really uninterested towards the end.