March 09, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it a B+

The most revelatory aspect of this potent revival of Journey’s End is how dated R.C. Sherriff’s 1928 WWI dugout drama isn’t: The neither pro- nor anti-war depiction of a motley group of men prepping for battle is as relevant as ever. Directed with claustrophobic, candlelit assurance by David Grindley, the U.K.-imported production occasionally goes overboard (the sonic booms recall a Jerry Bruckheimer film); still, it’s undeniably stirring, thanks largely to a fiery cast led by Brit heartthrob and Emmy nominee Hugh Dancy (Elizabeth I), who makes a commanding NYC debut after years in TV and movie trenches.

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