This is a war movie about a retreat, about a surrender, but also about the kinds of miracles that happen when people care about each other.
He’s not “Saving the Cat” or behaving in any of the courageous ways we’ve been taught our main characters are supposed to behave.
A movie in which we watch not from the perspective of an audience being entertained by the fireworks, It’s an action movie in which the “good guys” don’t always win, and in which the bad guys can actually shoot.
Where there are no supervillains, but no super heroes either.
It’s a war movie in which planes don’t explode in spectacular fashion but rather disappear silently into the ocean.
A movie in which fighter pilots are more concerned with running out of fuel than with bad-ass lines of dialogue.
is a particularly interesting script to look at as screenwriters, because it breaks pretty much every rule that you’ve likely been told about screenwriting or about filmmaking in general, or certainly about the war movie genre.
And yet this is a war movie that (for the most part) isn’t about winning but about losing.
And the second is a character who wants something as badly as you do– who wants something so badly they’re willing to do almost anything to get it.
Who’s going to pursue that intention even in face of the biggest obstacles and most challenging consequences.