Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite ...
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Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he is shocked by the famine's destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family.Written by
In the 1840s, a potato blight destroyed the potato crop across Europe, leaving the peasants who relied on potatoes as a staple destitute. Flanders and Prussia lost roughly a third of their population to starvation and emigration. In the United Kingdom, whole villages in Cornwall became ghost towns as people deserted their homes in a desperate quest for food. The blight ravaged Scotland, which was already suffering under the Highland clearances. Ireland, on the outskirts of Europe with little industry or natural resources and having suffered under centuries of privation under English (later British) rule, was the worst affected in the period known throughout Europe as the 'Hungry Forties'.
However the case in Ireland was somewhat different, Ireland was under foreign occupation and in fact English landlords and merchants profited from exports of food from Ireland throughout the famine. The Irish who died or fled to other countries did so not because of a lack of food but because of deliberate British economic policies (laissez-faire) and a failure by the occupying power to understand the reality of life in the West of Ireland, in particular the lack of infrastructural development caused by the policies of earlier British administrations. See more »
The pub pictured at the end of the film has windows made out of wire mesh glass; this was not invented until 1892. See more »
I liked. A very raw irish drama with strong moments and incredibly good images. The story was simple structed and was pretty basic but its based on true events and that makes it shocking. You have your unbeatable war hero who turns against those who actually praises him to be what he is and everything becomes messy. Then you have the police commissioner whose specialtiy is being a hunter who .. hunts him. But the historic truth behind it makes it extremely authentic. Director Lance Daly really successes in making it a believable drama and avoids every poor cliches to make it more cinematic.
The acting worked as well. I really liked Hugo Weaving who shines in the leading role as the trouble commissioner who gets one last chance. James Frecheville delivers with a very silent but extremely raw performance, much in the tradition of Leonardo DiCaprio's Revenant turn. Good Supporting roles by Stephen Rea and especially Jim Broadbent who is in the second half of the movie but pretty much owns every scene he is in. Nice turn by newcomer Barry Keoghan was well.The cinematography was amazing, the scenery excellent (except for those painted village images, which were a bit irritating at times) . It has many shocking moments and some well edited action sequeces. A great mix that works most of the times. Good performances over all. Lovely irish music that adds a lot to the general mood. Very recommendable movie even if it had the one or other dry scene.
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