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When I read the synopsis, the premise of the story was good and I wondered how they would handle it. And they did well in that the plot has no glaring holes and all in all it is quite believable.The important thing is that characters in the film act "sensibly" and don't do things that are ridiculous. This movie retains its realism of Belfast in the "Troubles" from start to finish and is well worth watching.
The film took me at the throat! Very good acting by Jack O'Çonnel. A raw, violent movie with a very, very intense ending. Such good acting by relativly young actors. It once more shows the stupidety of violence and misbehaviour! I was very upset during watching this film. This happens not too often in my case. A ANTI VIOLENCE film.
Very intense, and true to what actually went on during the troubles. this used to be covered on news channels all the time back then. 70's. The movie goes further into what life was like for rookies thrown in at the deep end so to speak. Can also be viewed for a historical point of view. It actually happened.
Rookie soldier sent to Belfast for first time and is cut off from his patrol in hostile area.He must then try to make his way back to safety amid sub plots of danger.Jack O'Connell is great in lead role.Streets of Blackburn used for Belfast and a block of flats in Sheffield for Divis flats and Lower Falls Road which were demolished years ago.
I enjoyed this film very much but it certainly does not paint a good picture of the British Army as it was in 1971. If you are a patriotic type of person or an ex squaddie I wouldn't bother watching it as it will iether annoy or upset you
Another great example of Jack O'Connell being able to act in a difficult role with such ease. He is a remarkable young actor and i wish him continued success. The DVD arrived quickly and was well packaged.