April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.
If the message is not received in time the regiment will walk into a trap and be massacred. To get to the regiment they will need to cross through enemy territory. Time is of the essence and the journey will be fraught with danger.
All the events in the film take place in a single day, which seems to be filmed in a single, long take as the camera never seems to break or cut between scenes. Cinematographer Roger Deakins won the 2020 Bafta for best cinematography for the seamless result, which adds a sense of heightened emotion and dramatic pace while drawing viewers into the action.