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In that it was good in parts. I actually have experience of that confict from an Army standpoint and i can see that some of the depictions are well meant and generally well done. In a 1 1/2 hour movie the attempt to portray the Old ira 'the stickies' as anti violence while the young provisionals want all out terrorism. Unfortunately the portrayal of the army is garbage , trust me , the MRF or later 14 int didnt order about regular units and the army wouldnt let one of their guys get lost and not go look for him Also the idea of bargaining with the provos in the street is ludicrous.. bargains were done. grasses were bought but to me this looks well overdone
"Hey, let's make a movie of a British soldier who is stuck in a Catholic neighborhood in Belfast."
The writers of this movie started with a simple, (and mildly interesting) concept, but had no idea where to take it.
Near the beginning of the movie, Gary Hook, a British soldier, is attempting to quell a riot in Belfast. Confusion ensues and the rest of his unit retreats, leaving Hook behind and with several Catholics looking to kill him.
From there, it seems like the writers tried to think of any situation possible that might have happened to a British solider under similar circumstances. You have loyalists befriending him, you have bombs going off, you have sympathetic Catholics trying to help him, you have Catholic militants decrying these Catholics as traitors, and, of course, you have him running through the streets trying to keep from getting killed.
In reality, the movie's entertainment value PLUMMETED after the first 15 or 20 minutes. It was ridiculously difficult for Gary Hook to essentially walk back to an area where he would be safe. I have a feeling that the writers really racked their brains trying to come up with something interesting to take place in Belfast after Hook got lost.
They weren't able to come up with anything meaningful to justify sitting through the rest of the movie. Instead, all we got was an hour and a half of anything they could use to fill the time while Hook was lost in Belfast.
Most of the movie is watching different people and groups (Catholics and Protestants, radicals and moderates, and the British Army) argue about what to do about the "Hook" situation.