Aug 5, 2015

'71 (2014)

'71 (2014) movie poster
'71 is a 2014 British historical action film set in Northern Ireland written by Gregory Burke and directed by Yann Demange. It stars Jack O'Connell, Sean Harris, David Wilmot, Richard Dormer, Paul Anderson, and Charlie Murphy, and tells the story of a British soldier who becomes separated from his unit during a riot in Belfast at the height of the Troubles in 1971. Filming began on location in Blackburn, Lancashire in April 2013 and continued in Sheffield and Liverpool. The film was funded by the British Film Institute, Film4, Creative Scotland and Screen Yorkshire. The film had its premiere in the competition section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, held in February 2014.

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.

P: A cool movie, that at first it seems a bit slow but then.. bam, shit gets pretty intense and I was immersed in the story of Gary Hook. It feels very real and scary because those things really happened, and boy soldiers like Gary were thrown into the streets with next to no preparation for dealing with what was going on back then.

F: Yeah, I've also enjoyed this one mainly for the really intense action and thrilling scenes. The subplots are rather weak. In the end, I didn't even remember that the guy had left his son behind. A tearjerker moment that didn't work for me. That title song was nice, though.

soldier Hook 71

P: Some parts were a bit confusing because of the accents, and I had to go and get me some subtitles. After that, it was much better, innit!

F: Oh, I'm always prepared with subtitles for the Irish, and yet I was still confused about who really wanted to help poor soldier boy Hook.

indecipherable accents

P: The atmosphere was a bit too dark sometimes. It's a very serious movie, but the camerawork gives it a feeling of chaos and unbalance that works sometimes and is just overpowering on other occasions.

belfast 71

F: If, like me, you don't know shit about the Troubles of Northern Ireland, this is a good place to start: The Troubles. It's always a good thing when a movie gets you curious about historical stuff. Underneath goes a real photo of those times.

P: I liked it but felt like I had seen similar movies before. For me, the atmosphere it builds is its big selling point, like a dry and grim slap of reality. Brit flick style.

F: It's worth the watch, good hide and seek action with an awesome bomb explosion at some point!

Preset C Score: 69/100
Freddy's score: 71/100

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