'71 Reviews

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March 3, 2021
Violent British wartime thriller has strong language, peril.
July 6, 2020
'71 immerses the viewer in a brutal world where just talking to the wrong person or being seen in the wrong place can get you killed, placing you in the heart of the action, and never pulls punches.
December 8, 2019
Focusing on realism...[Yann] Demange, working with a script by Gregory Burke, goes for the gusto with a gut-wrenching action thriller/ character drama that speaks to the conscience.
November 20, 2019
In '71, [Yann] DeMange creates a well-paced, gripping feature.
July 30, 2019
You can keep your Liam Neeson action tripe and Jason Bourne-inspired shenanigans. We need more of the smart, savvy, sophisticated suspense that '71 has in spades.
May 25, 2019
'71 shows true care and attention to its constructed world.
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.
August 14, 2018
A tight script, great action, and well-paced suspense throughout.
August 10, 2018
One of the sharpest British movies in some time.
March 16, 2018
The film touches on the politics that inform the action but not enough to provide much context.
February 19, 2018
This is one of the most extraordinary films I've seen this year, a knuckle-mashing, head-smashing, Tommy-bashing tour de force.
October 17, 2017
The thick accents and murky lighting will be an impediment to some viewers, but the overall effect will get to you regardless.
October 2, 2017
'71 takes an ethno-nationalist conflict rooted in hundreds of years of colonialist history and makes it beige, apolitical and gutless.
August 21, 2017
Everyone knows war is hell, but not all directors know how to bring that concept to life.
August 14, 2017
The film is certainly cynical about the inner-workings of the army.
May 25, 2016
Demange crafts a tight, tense, white-knuckle night of the soul. He certainly proves he can stage a riot.
March 17, 2016
An impressive debut feature buoyed by a captivating central turn.
January 1, 2016
He's a passive hero, mostly getting buffeted along by events and people beyond his control. But '71 is no less of a deadly game of cat and mouse for that, focusing more on the other players in this very bad night.
January 1, 2016
It's O'Connell's film and he's very fine indeed, even making you forgive the occasional (and expected) lapses into 'shaky cam'.
November 12, 2015
'71 doesn't pretend that better times are near (Bloody Sunday is just a year ahead), though it does finally proffer a few shreds of humanity against a future we know will be terribly bleak.
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