The Selfish Gene and Survival of the fittest – theories which are religiously held as sacrosanct in the Western world of enlightenment. Sigmund Freud once asserted, “Let one attempt to expose a number of the most diverse people uniformly to hunger. With the increase of the imperative urge of hunger all individual differences will blur, and in their stead will appear the uniform expression of the one unstilled urge.” Yet every man (woman) who has had the rays of enlightenment and wisdom even cast a shadow on him/her, will attest to the truth of what Viktor Frankl says on surviving the Nazi concentration camps that, ¨There, in the filth of Auschwitz, the “individual differences” between people did not blur, but, on the contrary, people became more different; people unmasked themselves, both the swine and the saints¨.
Dunkirk is an intense and gripping movie directed by Christopher Nolan, depicting the historical Dunkirk evacuation of British and French troops during World War II. Set on a non-linear time line and with not many dialogues, Nolan depicts the frantic battle for survival through the prism of three army soldiers, a couple of RAF pilots and a civilian sailor, his son and his friend – war being fought on land, air and sea.