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'71 (2015)

'71

Overview


Genre

Drama, War

Release Date

February 27, 2015 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

100 min.

Studio

Roadside Attractions

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Yann Demange

Producer

Robin Gutch, Angus Lamont

Screenwriter

Gregory Burke

Starring

  • Jack O'Connell as Gary
  • Sean Harris
  • Sam Hazeldine
  • Sam Reid
  • Charlie Murphy
  • Richard Dormer
  • Paul Anderson
  • Martin McCann
  • David Wilmot

Story


1971, and the conflict in Northern Ireland is escalating towards civil war. Young English recruit Gary is called into action in Belfast. The situation in the city is confusing and challenging - even for experienced military commanders.

The town is divided into 'loyal' Protestant and 'hostile' Catholic areas. Both parties have paramilitary units; in addition, radical street gangs and undercover agents from all sides are trying to assert their interests on their own initiative. During a patrol, the soldiers become embroiled in a scuffle and one of them loses their weapon. Gary and a fellow soldier follow the thief who disappears into the crowd. Suddenly Gary is having to fend for himself alone in the midst of enemy territory. His journey back to his base that night is an odyssey filled with uncertainty, fear and desperation.

Director Yann Demange exposes the futility of war in which every act of violence only breeds more violence. An existentialist nocturne about hidden identities, creeping paranoia and those forced to take a stand. As the film progresses, it gradually breaks free from specifics to become a more universal anti-war parable.

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Poster of Roadside Attractions' '71 (2015)
Poster of Roadside Attractions' '71 (2015)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..the hard-charging debut feature from TV director Yann Demange, makes us live every vivid, violent moment with him, the threat of death lurking at every turn..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
“..the film's mix of hard-nosed realist drama with more heightened genre elements - action, certainly; horror, even - means that it's always distinctive and has you in its grip from start to finish..”
by Dave Calhoun [Time Out London]