Original Title: ’71
Director: Yann Demange
Release Date: 2014


Shot mostly in Northern England but depicting Belfast in the year 1971, during the Northern Ireland conflicts. Directed by Yann Demange, have a big cast led by English actor Jack O’Connell.

71 [DVD + Digital]
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A British soldier, Gary Hook, left in the streets of Belfast after separated from his unit during a riot struggle to find his way back to safety.

It is a decent movie, where we can clearly see the three acts structure, simple and straight to the point and the best word I can find to describe it is “Solid”. However, its pros are the same as its cons, and its simplicity makes the movie not remarkable.


The acting is solid as well, nothing over the top as we see in “give me the Oscar” performances, but still good. We can name Jack O’Connell, Barry Keoghan, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer and Charlie Murphy (not the comedian, R.I.P).

I was disappointed we could not see more of Valene Kane, who plays a rioter… and that’s it, she gets slapped in the face I guess.

Well, that’s all folks! I will give it 7 Moons.

Useful Links


Rotten Tomatoes

Wikipedia page about the film

Wikipedia page about The Troubles


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