Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate.

A fierce anti-war film, Journey’s End recalls the superb Australian World War I epic Gallipoli, by director Peter Weir. This 2017 film by Saul Dibb and starring Paul Bettany similarly charts the rise of young soldiers who join the effort in the “War to End All Wars”, before tragically discovering that involvement in war is often much less heroic and noble than expected.

As in Gallipoli, the film culminates with a virtual siege in a dugout bunker network, where the fate of those British soliders present starts to become all-too-clear. The journey that brings vibrant young lads to an inescapable situation was tragically common in the two world wars, yet its sting never diminishes.

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