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The Trench tells the story of a group of young British soldiers on the eve of the Battle of the Somme in the summer of 1916, the worst defeat in British military history. Against this ill-fated backdrop, the movie depicts the soldiers' experience as a mixture of boredom, fear, panic and restlessness, confined to a trench on the front lines. At the center of the troops is 17-year-old Billy Macfarlane (Paul Nicholls) who, alongside his older brother Eddie (Tam Williams), has volunteered for service. Like their fellow squad members, they are boys dressed as men. Their survival is in the hands of war-hardened Sergeant Winter (Daniel Craig) and bookish Lieutenant Harte (Julian Rhind-Tutt). However, when word comes that the squad will join the first wave of the attack, they all face an equal fate.
Daniel Craig is a great actor. I understand this was a play converted to a movie. I don't think the movie shows the scope of this particular WW1 debacle very well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by velodog revolver
This was OK, not great. It moves to slowly in some parts. I was looking for a good WWI movie. This is not it. it is ok, but not greatPublished 4 months ago by Jerry L. West
The absolute worse movie I ever saw. Nothing but English accents which are difficult to understand but about ever sentence uttered contained the F word and added nothing to the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bob A. Holland
Magnificent movie. Men under extreme pressure of death as they prepare to go 'over the top'. The battle of the Somme. Utter horror and utter futility and yet men fight. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Book Worm
Tough movie to watch given the subject. The story line, acting and setting put the viewer inside the trenches, with the men, their fears and their fates.Published 11 months ago by J. Cummings
First, the good stuff...
The bonus feature! If you don't like the movie, don't just turn it off. Watch the bonus feature. It is about the battles of Verdun and Somme. Read more
The film shows the complete and utter stupidity of the whole idea of The Great War. It was unnecessary and unprovoked, but taken up for economic reasons with the specific object... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Richard L. Harrell
Long periods of boredom, punctuated on occasion by sheer panic. Just like real combat.
Well worth viewing is the special feature, a 1987 CBS News documentary on WWI,... Read more