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As impressively ambitious as it is satisfyingly impactful, Michael Collins honors its subject's remarkable achievements with a magnetic performance from Liam Neeson in the title role.
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Clearly, this is a subject Jordan cares about passionately, but he hasn't found a form to make us share his passion. Unless you come to Michael Collins with strong feelings about its hero, it's unlikely you will be deeply engaged.
There are pain and honor in [Neeson's] performance, and they constantly rise up to redeem a film that is less probing, less thoughtful than its director's claims and aspirations for it.
Intelligent, enormously accomplished and seriously problematic, Neil Jordan's ambitious account of the activities of arguably the central figure in Ireland's painful, bloody fight for independence from the British Empire has a great deal to offer...
This is Jordan's most ambitious and satisfying movie -- a thriller with a real sense of scale, pace, menace and moral import.
Played with great magnetism and triumphant bluster by Liam Neeson, the film's Michael Collins easily lives up to his nickname.
Handsome, but curiously cold, considering the emotional heat of Anglo-Irish matters. Fortunately, Liam Neeson commands almost every frame.
Michael Collins really is Irish history told on a bold, sweeping, comprehensible scale; in a sense, it's almost Irish history Hollywoodised.
[Neeson] is superb as the principled, steely yet romantic action hero of Neil Jordan's film, which has been re-released for the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1916.
Bad history perhaps, but Neeson's performance borders on the brilliant.
While the film is unflinching in its depiction of the brutality of both the English and the Irish, Jordan pointedly dissociates his hero from any actual ugliness.
Neil Jordan uses very broad and movie-ish strokes to paint his portrait of the busy, eponymous hero.
Be sure to watch "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" if you watch "Michael Collins"
A sweeping and passionate epic of extroadinary power. It was as rousing, as brave, as strong and heartfelt as Braveheart. A true stand-tall classic. A triumphant and spectacular movie. This film is just pure excellence. Director, Neil Jordan`s masterpiece. It`s as inspiring as it is action-packed. An robustly entertaining and deeply moving film filled with action and drama. A vast, intelligent and superbly crafted picture. Liam Neeson gives one of the greatest performances of his career, he delivers power and emotion in such a memorable and wonderful way. Neeson is unfrogettable and tremendously effective. Alan Rickman is magnificent. Aiden Quinn is terrific.
Pretty good, but for such a man of passionate, a lot of the film felt rather vapid. Maybe Aiden Quinn hung around the set too long and depressed everyone. It doesn't seek to probe, or examine the motivations of the players involved. Which for me is a bit of a dissapointment. Also, Roberts is terrible in this film.
Although the actors are great, and do a good job, you really need to understand the issues in this story to understand the movie. It's based on real people and events, which I know very little about, and this movies doesn't do much to help you understand them.
I am still holding out some faith that at some point in time a movie will be made concerning Ireland that will NOT include the Irish carbombing the hell out of each other and will have absolutely nothing to do with the IRA. Until then, this is one of the better films involving the IRA hating the English and doing everything in their power to keep from carbombing the hell out them later on in life. Neeson, Rea and Rickman are all in top form and Roberts does a good job despite not being British.
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