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When O'Connell's soldier boy is sent to Ireland amidst the unrest he doesn't realise the potential threat he faces. When his squadron is over run by rioters he gets left behind in an uncompromising dangerous environment. Every turn he takes or person he runs into has a potential threat but in order to survive and get back to safety he has to keep moving.
The story is tense and thrilling and moves along at a good pace. The action is realistic and brutal rather than over blown and O'Connell is a gripping watch. The human elements of the story work well and it does a good job of not taking sides or portraying anyone unfairly. The rioting etc is more of a backdrop than a focus which keeps the story engaging and well paced.
A Brutal film. Shows the TROUBLES in Ireland as they really were and the complexities of Divided loyalties. It is not pleasant to watch and is grim and just horrible in parts - The British do this sort of film really really well - The Truth warts and all ! The attention to period details is stunningly good, the acting is at times beyond acting it's like being there - too real for comfort and the way it shows the treatment of the Soldier at the end by the British Army is I think HOW IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BACK THEN Before the world went SILLY
The film is a lesson in FEAR AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT - it shows well the feeling of Mistrust and confusion - Blind running Fear as in a state of SHOCK! - You will not be Disappointed!
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.
Interesting film and very gripping throughout but ending was disappointing and could've done with a bit more follow up. Also one particular part of the plot goes unexplained which was frustrating frustratiNg.
Jack O'Connell talent excels in this role. The true storyline is captivating and compelling for anyone who appreciates, factual drama and are prepared to challenge their preconceptions of the British establishment and army and their role in Northern Ireland during that time. Some graphic scenes of extreme violence but necessary to authenticate its credibility as a historical account. A worthy watch.