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A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.
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I'm not going to lie to you.
[pauses for several seconds]
This is going to hurt like a fucker.
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One of the best British film productions of the year
One of the best British film productions of the year, along with Pride, and the biopics of Turner, Turing and Hawking. I watched this film in London Film Festival 2014 where it had a very good reception.
The intense action-packed narrative follows a British soldier's behind-enemy-lines entrapment over a single night during the riots at Belfast in 71. With breathtaking action sequences and thrilling moments in the deadly streets of Belfast, the film did a very good job in conveying the sense of isolation; being on the run for most of the film time with continuous sheer intensity. However, I had the feeling afterwards that the film could have reached greater heights with more depth for the side stories and supporting characters, one of which was the Irish doctor who saves the soldier's life at some point. A bit of that and more background information could have turned it into an classic that lingered in the minds long after leaving the theatre, and possibly made some of the audience reconsider their stances on what's happening around them.
A compelling performance from the leading actor Jack O'Connell deserves praise, as well as the editing of the action sequences. A film that is definitely worth watching for fans of the genre and those interested in the history of civil conflicts, and a promising debut feature film for its director Yann Demange.
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