Safe Harbor
Review by Ross Anthony

It's a mood poem that honors war heroes both military and civilian. Engaging at every moment, the score and images soar and crash with all the might and grit of a wounded spitfire fighter plane. Fionn Whitehead who plays the lead and is never named (to my recollection), is the perfect every young private just trying to survive. And though the film skips chronologically, it never quite breaks into the trademark supernatural for which Christopher Nolan is so well known. So best if you're not waiting for that. Enjoy the film moment for moment. Each moment is so well crafted visually, musically, and artistically, but I found myself more of an observer than emotionally connected most of the time.

While the imagery is huge, and the sound design awesome, this is still a quiet modest film that harbors a mostly hidden warm heart as it recreates a mostly dark time in history.

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Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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