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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Behind the Line: Escape to Dunkirk'
(Sam Gittins, Joe Egan, Ryan Winsley, Jennifer Martin, et al / DVD / NR / 2020 / Trinity Creative)

Overview: A WWII POW with boxing abilities is targeted by a Nazi Commander, who wants to pit the prisoner against his own champion in a match.

The soldiers use the diversion leading up to the fight to plot a mass escape back to Dunkirk and freedom.

DVD Verdict: In this most finest of cinematic quality-produced British films made on a budget, Danny Finnegan, (played by Sam Gittins), is an accomplished British boxer, finding himself retreating from the advancing Germans near Dunkirk.

He is captured, but a German SS Officer identifies him and pits him in the boxing ring against an equally talent German boxer. At the same time, however, the POW's use the cover of the boxing ring to stage an escape.

Personally, and as you might already have guessed, I thoroughly enjoyed this film from start to finish, and although the first third is a wee bit slow, building its scenes, molding its characters, the plot overall is very solid and commendably well written.

Not to give too much away, as trust me, there are various twists and turns here, 'Behind the Line: Escape to Dunkirk' plays on your heart strings throughout (well, once the action starts up).

Sure we have our hero "fall guy" allowing others to escape, but remember those twists and turns I just mentioned, well, the final outcome to it all is something that fully deserves viewing.

I mean, the lad must have trained for months as a boxer, as he was on point the whole time in both his on-screen training and his actual fight scenes. Showcasing an incredibly good boxing technique, it's also possible he was a trained boxer beforehand, I guess!

The on-screen chemistry between the main characters Danny and Billy is especially moving to behold, as we watch them travel the journey through boy to men, bonding their friendship over time, over the years, never allowing either one to falter.

Promising to give them a fight they simply cannot take their eyes off, our brooding hero boxer Danny might well take center stage here, but for me, the girl playing Chantalle (Jennifer Martin) is an absolute standout as the mysterious French farm girl.

In conclusion, the story line is determinedly good, albeit that such events would not have actually happened in reality during the German advance on Dunkirk, and the acting is top notch and emotionally present at all times from the primarily young, and unknown cast. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVS.

'Behind the Line: Escape to Dunkirk' [DVD] is out August 18th, 2020 via Trinity Creative.

Official 'Behind the Line: Escape to Dunkirk' Trailer