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  • Summary: Focusing on an idealistic group of young World War One soldiers, this film dramatizes the forty-eight hours preceding the 1916 Battle of the Somme.
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  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    A powerful anti-war film.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    Soberly and intelligently examines the fear, frustration, anxiety, animosity and boredom of waiting to advance into the terrifying other world that lies over the lip of the trenches.
  3. The acting, by a large cast of little-known young Brits chewing on South London accents like dog bones, is uniformly splendiferous.
  4. What lifts The Trench above the run of the mill is the intensity of its disgust.
  5. 60
    Boyd would be smart to add a little sound and fury next time around. War is hell, after all.
  6. 50
    Boyd brings no new insights to this drama of men in a confined space, a situation that's been the basis for many powerful war films.
  7. The acting is solid, but Tony Pierce-Roberts's unimaginative camera work falls short of his highest standard.

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