To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.
A British soldier gets separated from his unit in West Belfast in 1971 and sets out on a one-man Anabasis to find safety. As another reviewer has pointed out, in reality safety would have been only 10 minutes away but would the soldier have known in which direction it lay, and would he even have lived that long? This is a tense, gripping movie, a bit reminiscent of "Southern Comfort" (National Guardsmen training in the Louisiana swamps fall foul of local Cajuns) and "The Warriors" (a New York street gang stranded in hostile territory). I remember this kind of stuff in 1970's Belfast and I can say that the events in "71" are only slightly exaggerated for dramatic effect! I would suggest that, in real life, the security forces were maybe a bit less evil and a lot less stupid than they way they are depicted here, but as entertainment this is certainly worth 5 stars.
I was listening to the radio one night, when they started talking about PTSD, and servicemen called in to talk about their experiences of combat stress. Of all the wars and conflicts, most of the men (and it was all men) talked about "the troubles" in Northern Ireland. Men who's lives were affected by this conflict. One ex-soldier told of a harrowing story of picking up limps after a bomb blast, and putting them in black bin liners If truth be known, this was Britain's Vietnam, and if you lived in the 1970/80s never a week or day passed without a bomb or shootings happening in Northern Ireland.
just over 1,000 British service personnel and RUC died in that conflict, never mind the 47,000 casualties. So if you think this film is over-dramatic, or un- real, think again., this violence happened ALL THE TIME.
This is a very good movie, and if you wanted to learn about the how and why of the "Troubles", see this, and then watch Bloody Sunday, as both films deal with the early days of the said "Troubles". Like it or not, this was a war, and a lot of people did a lot bad things, on both sides.
Gripping story, British soldier on patrol in West Belfast during the troubles gets separated from his unit and has to try a get back to his barracks with an IRA hit team and also an undercover service unit trying to find him. Superb acting by all concerned. Top director and brilliant photography.
Powerful and at times harrowing depiction of a squaddie sent to Belfast at the height of the ‘troubles’. Jack O’Connell stars as a Derbyshire lad Gary, who quickly becomes caught up in sectarian violence and who is forced to go on the run in unfamiliar territory, with murderous Catholic gunmen looking to add him to their tally of downed soldiers. With the added complication of the presence of two members of the covert counter-insurgency unit of the British Army in the middle of an operation, and an inexperienced and ineffectual commanding officer, Gary has to fight tooth and claw to survive and return to his regiment; particularly as his own countrymen, in the form of the undercover officers, see him as a risk to their operation, meaning his safety hangs by a thread on all counts.
Jack O'Connell is truly an excellent actor and I have been a fan of his for a long time.His performance as rookie soldier Gary Hook in 71 is rivetting.This is an edge of your seat film that does not let up until the end.When Hook is left stranded in war torn Belfast after a riot,he must use his wits and luck to survive the night until he can get back to base,enemies are unknown and everywhere,even in the most unlikely of places.I cannot recommend this film highly enough.
What a great film. The suspense is just amazing and anyone that lived through the era of this film will appreciate how well re-created it is. I would recommend this film to anyone. Acting is brilliant, the sets create very believable, troubled Northern Ireland...a well worth addition to anyone's film collection.
I really enjoyed this film, it has a real air of reality about it and clearly demonstrates the horror and perversity of the Irish conflict. I imagine being lost behind enemy lines must be the nightmare of all service men and this film completely captures the cat and mouse reality of a man who is really no more than a boy and the complete fear as he runs and hides to save his life. I fully recommend this film and it easily earns it's five stars.