'71
First screened in April 2015
Director: Yann Demange. Cast: Jack O'Connell, Paul Anderson, Sam Reid, Sean Harris, David Wilmot, Richard Dormer, Charlie Murphy, Killian Scott, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan, Martin McCann, Sam Hazeldine, Adam Nagaitis, Dawn Bradfield, Joshua Hill, Liam McMahon. Screenplay: Gregory Burke.

Twitter Capsule: Direction tense yet bland. Potent mood but no ideas. O'Connell keeps auditioning for a Mel Gibson passion play with each role.

VOR:   Don't take my word for it: a consistent crowd-pleaser, much lauded closer to home. I just didn't see much originality in its conjuring of suspense, or much new in the Troubles genre.



Photo © 2014 Crab Apple Films/Warp Films, © 2015 Roadside Attractions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–


Awards:
Berlin Film Festival: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Special Mention)

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