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Black 47 (2018)




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It's 1847 and Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and re-unite with his estranged family. He's seen more than his share of horrors but nothing prepares him for the famine's hopeless destruction of his homeland. He discovers his mother starved to death and his brother hanged by the brutal hand of the English. With little else to live for, he sets on a destructive path to avenge his family, systematically working his way up the political and social hierarchy of 19th Century Ireland. Hannah, an ageing British soldier and famed tracker of deserters, is sent to stop Feeney before he can further stoke the fires of revolution. But Hannah and Feeney are old army comrades with a mutual respect forged by their times fighting together. Personal bonds and shifting allegiances cause both men to question their motives, as they are tested to the limit by the hellish landscape of "the Great Hunger".


James Frecheville
as Martin Feeney
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Critic Reviews for Black 47

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Black 47 feels more like a small screen misfire than the grand cinematic epic that this rich story deserves.

February 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Daly's restrained, pared-down style is the opposite of flashy exploitation cinema, but watching these bastions of lethally repressive British rule get some overdue comeuppance is similarly stirring.

February 17, 2018 | Full Review…

By the time it ends on a note of intimate ambiguity, it's hard not to wish that Black 47 had expressed more shades of gray.

February 16, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Not only is Lance Daly's newest feature a rollicking western with fantastic action and excellent performances, it also demonstrates how a film's subject matter can add much-needed pathos and nuance to a genre. Colour me impressed.

March 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Solemn in its tenor but impassioned in its heart, it's more effective, rousing and involving than its blend of real-life hardship and hearty genre might sound.

March 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Using the 'Great Hunger' as a backdrop for a revenge western is an interesting way to exorcise old ghosts, but the end result drains pathos from the tragedy while muting The Proposition-style genre elements.

February 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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