Paul Greengrass (The Theory of Flight) wrote and directed this powerful look at January 30, 1972 -- better known as "Bloody Sunday." Ivan Cooper (James Nesbitt) attempts to organize a peaceful protest after Protestant leaders imprison Catholics without a trial. His actions conflict with hard-line IRA members who have no interest in a "peaceful" response, as well as the military men responsible for keeping the peace who are led by Major General Robert Ford (Tim Pigott-Smith) and Brigadier Patrick Maclellan (Nicholas Farrell). By the end of the day, the military will fire on the protestors and kill 13 people. The events of this day still haunt the peace process in Ireland. Bloody Sunday was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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I don't pretend to be an expert in Irish or British history, but I do know a little of the "troubles" in Northern Ireland. I thought this was a very honest movie. It didn't rely on flashy hollywood special effects. The accents took a bit of getting used to but this is an Irish historical piece. It would have been insulting to use actors with American accents. The bumpy camera scenes add to the movie's rawness, which in my opinion makes the movie that much more real for the viewers. It's always horrifyingly shocking to see how much hatred groups of people harbor and inflict against each other.
It is a very scary thing that this movie is based on actual events and that it happened not all that long ago in relative terms. Obviously the story line is very compelling as well as very thought provoking. A movie like this should automatically have a great story, cause its real life, cant get much more realistic than that. The key for these movies is how the story and ideas are conveyed and with that said I think the movie was very good, not great. It is a very one sided perspective, as it probably should be, but I would have liked more insight into the Army's situation. That aside though, very well done. I liked the amateurish quality, made it seem even more "real-life". One definate tip: watch with the subtitles on!!!! Very thick, authentic Irish dialogue. Good Rent!!
You have to work, somewhat, to keep up with the events, accents, and the movie's style, but it is worth the effort. It clarifies the events of that Sunday and provides just enough background for those who are not familiar with the Catholic/Protestant struggles in Northern Ireland to ensure that viewers are not lost.