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
1 million people perished and died during the Irish famine 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 »
[refusing to be dismissed from Pope's services as translater]
I beg your pardon, Captain, but after all this trouble I'd like to witness the tale's conclusion first-hand that it might be accurately retold in the future.
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There is a lot in this that reminds me of elements of the movie First Blood. However this is set in Ireland in the 1800's during the potato famine.
I'm an Englishman and i have to say, i absolutely support the people of Ireland against the English in this. The way the English behaved toward that people of Ireland is abhorrent to me. I would and do fully side with the Irish on their right to own their own land, to be free, but them, we're more alike than we realise since we were both the victims of Norman Monarchs and their descendants.
Anyhow, politics aside, this is a really moving and gripping action/revenge story. The acting is great. Yes the concept is black and white, a bit cliched, but the execution is brilliant. Cast, well, it has Hugo Weaving so we're off to a solid start and the cast does work well.
The English Captain is a bit of a cliched plum, but hey, somebody has to be the bad guy and the English aristocracy were.
Really gritty, solid movie. Both entertaining and moving. Very enjoyable to watch. The only downside is it reminds us all how badly the poor Irish of the time are treated and that is something kids in the UK should learn about and be ashamed of.
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