Best War Movies: 1917 (2019)

1917: The most realistic war movie ever made

The Hollywood blockbuster movie 1917 has been hailed as a masterpiece, and it is one of the main favorites at this year’s Oscars. The war drama from the First World War received great critics as a movie with a real war background.

Furthermore, the military personnel of all ranks has hailed the movie 1917 as the most realistic war film ever made. According to the information, the most important man who can take a lot of credit for that is ex-paratrooper Paul Biddiss, according to the Mirror.

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Paul Biddiss had only one objective: train more than 800 men to look and act like soldiers and give ­essential advice to director Sam Mendes. In his interview with the Sunday People, Paul Biddiss, 51, a dad of five from Oxfordshire, tells the secrets behind 1917’s authenticity.

Paul is a retired sergeant who served 24 years in the Parachute Regiment before going into private ­surveillance. He became a military ­adviser after working as an extra on the 2014 film Monuments Men and getting into a ­conversation with its star, Hollywood giant George Clooney.

Paul Biddiss provided advice and training for the hit film 1917
Paul Biddiss provided advice and training for the hit film (Photo: Paul Biddiss)

He has since worked on Jason Bourne’s film, the BBC version of War and Peace, and most recently on Sky One’s Strikeback series. Paul’s meticulous attention to detail runs all through the film 1917. And it has won praise from real soldiers such as Afghanistan veteran Colonel Richard Kemp.

World War One

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The First World War was sparked by Austria-Hungary heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s shooting on 28 June 1914, with war officially declared a month later. It drew in all the world’s major economic powers. The war ended at 11 am on 11 November 1918, an armistice was declared. More than 9 million combatants had died.

Boot Camp

Although it features A-list names Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Benedict Cumberbatch in supporting roles, the actors who take up most screen time are the ­previously little-known George MacKay, 27, and Dean-Charles Chapman, 22.

In a gripping drama inspired by a real-life war story told to Mendes by his grandfather, they play Lance Corporals Will Schofield and Tom Blake – two young British soldiers on a mission to warn comrades that they are walking into an enemy trap.

The two men had a baptism of fire from Paul, who put them through ­gruelling boot camps until they looked and acted the part.

Critics

According to Rotten Tomatoes, 1917 is described as a ‘Hard-hitting, immersive, and impressive technical achievement, 1917 captures the trench warfare of World War I with raw, startling immediacy.’

1917: The most realistic war movie ever made
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Director: Sam Mendes

Date Created: 2020-02-03 18:35

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Chris Kyle Memorial in Odessa, Texas

The Chris Kyle Memorial is dedicated to famous American sniper who was born and raised in Odessa Texas. The story of Chris Kyle, one of the most lethal snipers in U.S. Military history is full of patriotism, self-sacrifice and heroism. Chris Kyle’s story is well-known. He was one of the many who served, suffered and sacrificed for our beloved country.

People such as Chris Kyle were among the best of us. Boys who grew into men, and who sometimes never made it back home. They stood tall for us. For all of us. We can’t forget them.

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Chris Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield were killed in 2013 at a Texas shooting range. A former Marine was convicted in their deaths and sentenced to life in prison.

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A Chris Kyle memorial for slain Navy Seal and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle has been unveiled in the West Texas city where he was born in 1974. (Photo: TX/OD)

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Regular people trained to shoot guns like John Wick

All of us probably have heard about John Wick. Despite it is a fictional character featured in the movie, his shooting skills were pretty good. The character was featured by Keanu Reeves who mastered shooting range in preparation for the role. But, can we all train to shoot guns like John Wick?

Realistic gunfights are messy, they are not so action-packed and are rather slow-paced by comparison. Even more so in an urban area with so many opportunities to hide and ambush any assailant. This is why teamwork is so important in the military, it’s just not possible for you to John Wick through such a high risk and complicated environment. But if you still push forward, the team behind John Wick/Keanu Reeves firearms training was the Taran Tactical.

Taran tactical is the organization that teaches Keanu Reeves his weapon handling skills. And yes, it is pretty impressive isn’t it? (Not sarcasm) I also had many a “wow” moment when I watched the movie.

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Keanu Reeves as John Wick preparing for his role at Taran Tactical shooting range (Photo: YouTube)

But, what you are mistaking is the difference between weapon handling skills and actual gunfighting skills. John Wick approaches his gunfights like a 3-gun action challenge match, with a huge dollop of Hollywood stirred in and a small drizzle of “tactical” on top. From the way, he holds his weapons to the way he moves, to the way he shoots. It’s almost as if he is in a live-action 3GACM.

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Navy SEAL Sr. Chief Mike Day had never been shot before, but that changed dramatically one night in April 2007. He survived, but that night had changed his life permanently.

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On April 6, 2007, Mike Day was caught in a brutal firefight with three al-Qaeda insurgents after he was the first of his team to enter a room in a town near Fallujah, Iraq. The enemy fighters opened fire, hitting Day with 27 separate bullets. His body armor stopped eleven shots, but 16 penetrated his body and left him perilously wounded.

A grenade then exploded just 10 feet away from him, knocking him unconscious. According to Mike Day, when he woke up roughly a minute later, he managed to kill two of the fighters with his pistol.

“Upon entering that doorway, they all just opened up on me. It felt like somebody was beating me up with sledgehammers,” Day said.

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On April 6, 2007, Mike Day took multiple bullets to the legs, arms and abdomen while serving in Iraq. Now, he is training to run a half-Ironman to raise money for fellow veterans (Photo: XY)

“After I’d figured out I was getting shot, I said, ‘God, get me home to my girls.’ That was my first prayer to God, honest prayer. When the fighting finally stopped, he miraculously got up and walked himself to a medical helicopter.

“People hear about my story, and they can’t believe it. I was there, and I can’t believe it,” Day said. “I got shot 27 times – 16 in the body and 11 times in my body armor. ”

“I was shot in both legs, both arms, my left thumb was almost amputated, I was shot in the abdomen and had a colostomy bag for a year, my right scapula was shattered, I was shot twice in the buttocks, once in the scrotum and my body armor was hit multiple times which caused fractured ribs and contusions on my lungs.”

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The Navy SEAL spent just 16 days in the hospital – during which time he lost just under four stone – before he was discharged and awarded the Purple Heart, the oldest military decoration still given to serving military members in the US. During the following years, he was treated for PTSD by the Carrick Brain Centers in Dallas.

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Mike Day – Perfectly Wounded. A Memoir About What Happens After a Miracle (Photo: Connecting Vets/Mike Day)

He wrote the book “Perfectly Wounded” which has become a bestseller.