Set over 4 days in March 1918 in the trenches on the front line, a small group of soldiers as they wait to be bombarded by enemy artillery and certain death. The story charts the tension and claustrophobia of the officers’ dug-out as new recruit, 18 year old Lieutenant Raleigh joins the Company commanded by 20 year old Captain Stanhope, his former childhood friend and hero, who has changed almost beyond recognition.
“There isn’t a weak link in a pitch perfect ensemble cast that stretches from Paul Bettany’s kindly, honourable father figure Osborne, to Toby Jones philosophical cook Mason and Sam Claflin’s embittered leader. All underplay beautifully, conveying the quiet reality of a desper-ate situation. It is a governing sense of restraint that lends the film such an emotional kick, and breathes fresh life into an old classic.” – Screen Daily
“Few stage staples from 90 years ago would easily translate to the screen today, yet R.C. Sherriff’s once near-ubiquitous “Journey’s End” proves potent as ever in this sturdy new adaptation from director Saul Dibb and writer-producer Simon Reade. While there’s little staginess about the endeavor, the preserved tight focus on a handful of British soldiers “wait-ing to be killed” in a trench near WWI’s finish provides all the character and emotional involve-ment that was lacking in the more action-oriented recent “Dunkirk.” The latter’s success — plus next year’s centennial of the Great War’s close — could further boost a strong drama likely to benefit from solid reviews.” - Variety
“Director Saul Dibb is still able to make the dialogue-heavy drama feel cinematic with the help of Ben Wheatley’s cinematographer, Laurie Rose, who captures everything in a kind of drab beauty. In Journey’s End, filmmakers have created another fitting tribute to a generation of veterans whose fight really didn’t end that long ago. Contrary to what Mel Gibson may believe, this is actually possible to do without the use of excessive violence.” – Dork Shelf
“Opening in 1928, R.C. Sherriff’s play Journey’s End depicted the tragic futility of the Great War through the metaphor of lost youth. Premiering at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, direc-tor Saul Dibb’s adaptation is a timely reminder of the true cost of that terrible conflict.” – Cinevue
“Journey’s End intensely conveys the hellish malaise of waiting that goes with war: the more one sits through Journey’s End, the more it feels as if the walls start closing in. If war feels this claustrophobic in the movies, one can’t imagine how awful it is in real life.” – Cinemablographer
Journey’s End expresses “an unmistakable sense of the tragic dimension of waste in terms of human life, which is where resides its residual continuing poignance.
This is most vividly felt in the character of Osborne, a thoughtful and altogether admirable fellow wonderfully played in an uncharacteristically low-key performance by Bettany.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“The great pathos of Sherriff’s 1928 work unspools in this pressure chamber of near-death anxiety” – The Guardian
Sam Claflin (Me Before You, Hunger Games)
Paul Bettany (Captain American: Civil War, Margin Call)
Asa Butterfield (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Perculiar Children, Hugo)
Toby Jones (Anthropoid, Hunger Games)