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'71

  • Thriller
  • Drama
  • 2014
  • Yann Demange
  • 99 mins
  • 15

Summary

Thriller starring Jack O'Connell. Belfast, 1971. A young British soldier is thrown into the heart of the Troubles when he is separated from his unit during a riot. He faces a desperate battle for survival as tries to make it to safety through streets patrolled by the warring factions.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Gary HookJack O'Connell (2)
Sergeant Leslie LewisPaul Anderson (2)
EamonRichard Dormer
Captain Sandy BrowningSean Harris
Sean BannonBarry Keoghan
Paul HaggertyMartin McCann
BrigidCharlie Murphy (2)
Lt ArmitageSam Reid
QuinnKillian Scott
BoyleDavid Wilmot
ThommoJack Lowden

Crew

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DirectorYann Demange

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2014-10-10
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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