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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".

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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…

Lean, mean, and singular in the way it mixes genres as well as in its subject matter.

September 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Daly crafts his poetic, visually haunting and melancholy yet defiantly triumphant epic as brilliantly adapted classic storytelling, the western. Reinventing the bleak axiom: history is written or rather courageously resurrected - by principled filmmakers.

September 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Pity the poor actors.

September 11, 2018 | Full Review…

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