'71 Reviews

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October 14, 2015
'71 makes so much effort to be suspenseful that it doesn't have much time to get into nuance.
October 13, 2015
Somewhere on the continuum between "spells absolutely everything out" and "bordering on incomprehensible" -- nearer to the latter than to the former -- is this "come on, throw us a bone" narrative.
September 8, 2015
The real breakout from this impressive thriller is director Yann Demange.
May 30, 2015
The violence in '71 is sudden and devastating and immediate -- you feel it -- and although the characters are often a little light, Demange navigates this 1970s urban war zone with the intensity and clarity of a born filmmaker.
May 4, 2015
Part historical drama and part action thriller, '71 makes for gripping viewing.
April 20, 2015
While the film benefits greatly from having such a reliable performer, it doesn't live and breathe by his performance, which only speaks to the intensity of the filmmaking.
April 8, 2015
In his harrowing debut, Demange transforms quaint hamlets into nightmare labyrinths and supercharges the suspense with a premise as minimal as it is electrifying-a man running for his life.
April 1, 2015
Takes the simple 'behind enemy lines' concept and turns it into something that resonates strongly within the historical context of the political instability of The Troubles
March 31, 2015
Jack O'Connell is our current saint of cinema suffering.
March 27, 2015
Everyone has a least favorite bad dream, and Hook's may be yours: the nightmare of being hopelessly lost in a place where time has stopped and hope has vanished.
March 27, 2015
Gregory Burke's script makes enough order out of the chaos to bring home the point that armed conflicts are never as simple as official reports and soothing government press releases would have us believe, especially when religious rivalry is in play.
March 27, 2015
O'Connell gives a compelling performance and the film, even when the details are confusing, is never less than gripping and, in its depiction of internecine warfare, tragic.
March 26, 2015
Even if you're a total newcomer to the subject matter, "'71" is a first-rate thriller that I highly recommend.
March 24, 2015
A superb debut feature from director Yann Demange, who expertly captures the mood of ragged violence and the naivety of British forces arriving in the midst of a deeply complex political conflict.
March 22, 2015
Never quite comes together as a compelling whole.
March 21, 2015
Exciting and very effective war thriller set during "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland. More thriller than political, but very well done.
March 20, 2015
The unconventional thriller is nearly as full of disillusionment as it is tension and suspense.
March 20, 2015
Outstanding, tense, nail-biting thriller set in the cauldron of violence and deprivation that was Belfast in 1971...director Yann Demange stages some vivid sequences and knows how to escalate tension to breaking point.
March 19, 2015
For those who know nothing of this bitter conflict, the movie is a good start.
March 19, 2015
Demange keeps the tension high throughout nearly the entire film.
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