'71 Reviews

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August 25, 2018
There is a rich ethical murkiness that runs through this film on a near molecular level, and it strives to gets into the meat of what this kind of violent civil unrest and violence does to people.
March 17, 2016
An impressive debut feature buoyed by a captivating central turn.
October 14, 2015
'71 makes so much effort to be suspenseful that it doesn't have much time to get into nuance.
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
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 19, 2015
For those who know nothing of this bitter conflict, the movie is a good start.
March 13, 2015
The film doesn't take sides, but shows how conflict stirs the pot of human emotions and how quickly things can get out of control. And it shows that in war, no one is right.
March 13, 2015
Demange's feature debut miraculously distills the often Byzantine nature of the power politics behind The Troubles in a deeply intimate chamber piece about a single day in the life of a British soldier.
March 13, 2015
People died, but it's more than the bombs, bullets and bodies. The more fascinating damage was done to psyches and souls, and Demange, with '71, comes for yours.
March 12, 2015
The movie excites, but intelligently, without stoking blood lust or Old Testament revenge impulses.
March 12, 2015
If you are in the mood for a confusing and thoroughly depressing immersion into Irish history, you can't do better. But that would be a very odd mood to be in.
March 12, 2015
When it comes to vengeance and murderous intrigue, the Belfast in " '71" is a small world.
March 12, 2015
O'Connell is terrific.
March 12, 2015
This isn't a story about religious differences. It's a thriller - gripping, almost abstract and carefully assembled by filmmakers who appear to know more about creating tension than explaining it.
March 12, 2015
It may not be fair to call Yann Demange a great filmmaker after just one feature, but that feature, '71, just might be a great film.
March 12, 2015
Scenes take on a surreal nightmare quality, sometimes with no accompanying sound, as even the camera seems dazed by what it is witnessing.
March 12, 2015
The grainy, grimy, shadow-strewn look is right for this sort of military noir, and the women who haunt the edges of the conflict are splendid icons of both conscience and crushed humanity.
March 12, 2015
Shot by first-time feature director Yann Demange on the gritty streets of Sheffield and Liverpool in a style that puts the viewer in the crosshairs of the action, '71 is bracing from beginning to end.
March 12, 2015
A perfectly paranoiac score by David Holmes and downright stunning camerawork, courtesy of cinematographer Tat Radcliffe, enhance and embody Hook's manic flight.
March 12, 2015
This is a brisk, frightening movie about recent history and it's well worth a look.
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