12A
2hrs 10mins

A nerve-shredding, gripping dramatisation of one of the key turning points in modern world history, following the remarkable forging an uneasy alliance desperate to avert catastrophe in 1938.



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Christian Schwochow
12A

A nerve-shredding, gripping dramatisation of one of the key turning points in modern world history, Munich: The Edge of War follows the remarkable forging an uneasy alliance, desperate in their efforts to stop the breakout of war in 1938.

On the eve of World War II, Hitler plans to invade Czechoslovakia. Nations rush to find a peaceful resolution without the prospect of war, and Britain recruits a civil servant, Hugh Legat (George MacKay), to journey to Munich to gather intelligence and avert disaster.

He’s soon reunited with his now-estranged Cambridge friend, Paul von Hartmann (Jannis Niewöhner), a German diplomat who drifted from his life after supporting the Nazi party. Together, they form a tentative alliance on the brink of catastrophe…

Following in the footsteps of last year’s Benedict Cumberbatch-starring The Courier as an engrossing fish-out-of-water recounting of those thrust into wartime espionage, The Edge of War excels in the tense interplay between George MacKay and Jannis Niewöhner, brilliantly playing off their fascinating dynamic with a loaded history.

Jeremy Irons turns in standout support, too, as Neville Chamberlain: a spiky, commanding performance in a film which unreservedly calls into question the devastating enabling of Hitler’s rise to power…

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