According to The Hollywood Reporter, insiders are clocking Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk at one hour and 47 minutes, making it his shortest movie to date since his first film, Following.
If this does end up being the film’s official runtime, it will come in 62 minutes shorter than Nolan’s last film, Interstellar, which was his longest film to date at two hours and 49 minutes. His other films also well surpass the two hour-mark, with Inception running at two hours and 28 minutes and The Dark Knight Rises at two hours and 44 minutes.
Dunkirk will also be one of the shorter non-animated or family oriented films released this summer. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was two hours and 15 minutes while Wonder Woman is two hours and 21 minutes. The still-yet-to-be-released summer flick Spider-Man: Homecoming will run two hours and 10 minutes.
Given Nolan’s propensity toward longer films and the fact that Dunkirk is telling a World War II story in three separate chunks, it’s surprising that Dunkirk is so brief. However, the short runtime could simply be an indication that the story will be fast-paced and edge-of-your-seat – the kind of film where every moment counts. If the Dunkirk trailers are any indication, it seems that the short runtime could well serve the type of narrative Nolan is trying to spin.
“Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.
Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, the film stars Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan and Harry Styles.
Dunkirk will be released in theaters on July 21,2017 and will be presented in digital projection, 35MM, 70MM, IMAX digital and IMAX 70MM.