C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches in northern France, led by the weary Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin). The officers (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge) and their cook (Toby Jones) make idle chat to keep their nerves at bay in the trenches. A young new officer, Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), has just arrived, 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. But Stanhope is not happy to see this wide-eyed reminder of his past. Indeed, he’s ashamed of what he’s become under cumulative stress — an alcoholic, shadow of his former self.
From R.C. Sherriff’s acclaimed 1928 play, which was based on his own experiences in the First World War, Saul Dibb’s taut direction of Journey’s End brings a powerful sense of this terrible war’s cost a century on from those terrible events. M In cinemas from Nov 8.
“An outstanding cast savours performing a play that has stood the test of time. Avoiding sentimentality, this is a valuable rejoinder to those who would sugar-coat mass slaughter.” – Andrew Lowry, Empire
“The first world war is one of the 20th century’s oldest, grimmest tales of futility and slaughter. Dibb and his excellent cast put new passion into it.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“An emotional powerhouse you will not forget,” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
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