'71

'71

Yann Demange (2014)

99min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Set, as indicated by the title, in 1971, just before the Troubles in Northern Ireland came to a full, rolling boil, this superbly crafted war-zone thriller captures the confusion, bigotry and riven loyalties of the conflict in a neat dramatic microcosm. Young Private Gary Hook (the excellent Jack O'Connell from Starred Up) leaves his little brother behind in an English children's home when he's shipped out to Belfast. Within a day of arriving, his regiment is dispatched to support the Royal Ulster Constabulary as they search for guns in the Catholic Falls Road area, and a riot kicks off. Hook is separated from his unit and must make his way back to safety, navigating between the warring factions. There are good and bad people on both sides, but director Yann Demange's mission is not to preach politics but to deliver an extraordinarily tense adventure story that recalls John Carpenter's Escape from New York as much as Paul Greengrass's Bloody Sunday.

Summary

A British soldier deployed to Belfast in 1971, almost immediately finds himself caught up in a riot. In the aftermath, he becomes separated from the rest of his unit. Lost and alone at night in a hostile and unfamiliar area, he makes a disturbing journey in search of safety. Thriller, starring Jack O'Connell and Richard Dormer.

Cast & Crew

Gary Hook Jack O'Connell (2)
Sergeant Leslie Lewis Paul Anderson (2)
Eamon Richard Dormer
Captain Sandy Browning Sean Harris
Sean Bannon Barry Keoghan
Paul Haggerty Martin McCann
Brigid Charlie Murphy (2)
Lt Armitage Sam Reid
Quinn Killian Scott
Boyle David Wilmot
Thommo Jack Lowden
Director Yann Demange
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Oct 2014
Drama