Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)
Critic Consensus: Oliver Hirschbiegel's dramatic take on "The Troubles" is an actor's showcase -- and Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt are more than up to the challenge.
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Critic Reviews for Five Minutes of Heaven
A director whose breakthrough was the story of a madman's last stand has exceeded that feat with the story of an angry man's next step.
Two marvelous performances from two Irish actors turn Oliver Hirschbiegel's Five Minutes of Heaven into a tour de force.
The movie might have been more tense had it been a little more quiet. Neeson and Nesbitt, however, are so good that narrative hiccups never threaten to lose us...
So many movies set in Northern Ireland are about the Troubles that we might justifiably ask, why another? Five Minutes of Heaven is far from the best of the breed, but it does at least take a new tack.
Ultimately, Five Minutes of Heaven is stronger as a whole than its individual parts.
Audience Reviews for Five Minutes of Heaven
An intensely dramatic and visceral thriller with a terrific script, masterful direction and powerhouse performances with it's two leads. James Nesbitt and Liam Nesson are superb. Neeson carries the pain and acceptance of his characters actions. Nesbitt is a revelation, one of his finest and most riveting performances. A true tour de force. It feels as it was written for the stage and unfolds nicely with tension and surprise. A breathlessly original piece of work.
I originally thought that this was going to be just another one of those Northern Ireland in religious turmoil movies....but it wasn't. The concept of this movie dealing with the after effects of the senseless killings that went on is really original. I found this movie very interesting. Liam Neeson is wonderful in it, as usual, which really was a plus.
Or how to turn an interesting premise into such an insipid film, Five minutes Of heaven is just as shallow & simple-minded as Little's preachy monologue in front of the camera, Vengeance, Guilt, ... nothing is portrayed well here, Little is supposed to be a man who feels some sort of guilt but Neeson basically plays a zombie, sometimes you wonder if he actually believes in what he is saying or he is just selling his preachings and Nesbitt on the other hand overacts a bit, Overall the film sometimes exaggerates like the whole thing with the mother blaming everything on the kid and downplays it when it should depict more, And yeah Griffin is suddenly moved by Little's one sentence?, It's a huge disappointment specially for the director of "Downfall" & "the Experiment"
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