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Dunkirk coming to Science World's OMNIMAX theatre this week

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Kenneth Chan Dec 03, 2017 11:35 am 3,885

One of this year’s best-received films is making a limited engagement at the giant OMNIMAX theatre inside the dome of Science World.

Dunkirk directed by Christopher Nolan has been highly regarded for its realistic and accurate depiction of the historic evacuation event in World War II.

Hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers retreated to Dunkirk during the fall of France in 1940 when Nazi Germany made its advance. Surrounded by the enemy, troops were slowly and desperately evacuated from the beach at Dunkirk using every naval and civilian vessel that could be used.

By the end of the evacuation, 330,000 British, Belgian, French, and Dutch soldiers were evacuated to Britain.

Released this past July, Dunkirk is the highest-grossing World War II film in history, taking in $525 million in box offices across the world.

Daily Hive film critic Thor Diakow gave the film a glowing critique and the full five stars in his review earlier in the year.

“Big budget films don’t get any better than Dunkirk,” said Diakow. “War movies are nothing new in Hollywood, but the veteran director has managed to inject the genre with a newfound sense of elegance and reverence; this is also a relentless film that delivers white-knuckle tension from start to finish.”

“The film is not only Christopher Nolan’s finest cinematic achievement yet, but it also ranks among the best war movies ever made.”

IMAX’s high-resolution cameras were used for the film, and Science World’s OMNIMAX screen will allow audiences to take in a greater scope and breathtaking image quality.

Science World’s screenings of Dunkirk will be in IMAX 70mm film, and it will show audiences up to 40% more of the image. The Science World screen is five storeys high and 27 metres wide.

“Visually, Hoyte Van Hoytema’s cinematography is absolutely staggering and should be experienced in all its glory on an IMAX screen,” Diakow continued. “The movie’s spectacular images glide effortlessly between epic aerial sequences, claustrophobic battle scenes, and intense closeups.”

The dates for Dunkirk at Science World are December 3, 5, 6, and 7. All screenings are in the evening.

Dunkirk at Science World OMNIMAX – December 2017

When: Begins 7 pm from Sunday, December 3 to Thursday, December 7, 2017 (no screening on Monday, December 4). Doors open at 6:30 pm. The film runs 107 minutes with a 20-minute intermission.

Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver

Tickets: $18.00 for adult; $15.00 for child and senior. Available here.


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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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