Intelligently constructed, well written, powerfully portrayed, and eternally topical, director Yann Demange’s story of a rookie British soldier’s hellacious first day on duty in Northern Ireland during “The Troubles” in 1971 tells us more about the situation than many other, more highly touted films. Actor Jack O’Connell (Unbroken) stars as Private Gary Hook, who gets separated from his unit and must find his way back – wounded, alone, with no local knowledge – through the mean streets of Belfast after dark. Demange, a TV veteran, and screenwriter Gregory Burke plunge us headlong into the Troubles with a sharply drawn cast of characters you’d never want to bump into -- played by Sean Harris, Paul Anderson, David Wilmot, Killian Scott, Martin McCann, Barry Keoghan, Richard Dormer, and Charlie Murphy. Stands up nicely alongside Bloody Sunday, Omagh, and Four Days in July (99 min.).
Director: Yann Demange
Producer: Robin Gutch, Angus Lamont, Sam Lavender, Tessa Ross, Dan Macrae, Danny Perkins, Hugo Heppell, Mark Herbert, Lizzie Francke and Leslie Finlay
Cast: Jack O'Connell, Paul Anderson, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer, Barry Keoghan, Martin McCann, Charlie Murphy, Sam Reid, Killian Scott, David Wilmot, Jack Lowden and Jim Sturgeon