A good documentary about these shameful events
An excellent film that re-creates another tragic day in Ireland's history as she tries to emerge peacefully from the hard-fisted bullying treatment of her oppressor, England. The scene in the hospital after the massacre that became Bloody Sunday is heart-wrenching & cinema verite at its most poignant. James Nesbitt is terrific, but I missed some dialogue due to the accents. The hand-held camerawork was a bit overdone and some parts dragged a bit, as the film is constrained to just one day. This also prevented getting to know the characters in any depth.
Be a fly-on-the-wall with this showing of the way thebrit's treated the Irish for 100's of years, the most worrying thing about this episode was that no one was held accountable in fact they were commendated with awards.
Compelling and confronting this is a must see.
This is one of the most stunning examples of cinema verite as Paul Greengras recreates the tragic Bloody Sunday march on 20 January 1972. 14 unarmed civilians were killed by British paras and this was covered up and whitewashed in an inquiry at the time. A new inquiry hopes to heal the wounds for the people of Derry with a final report estimated to come out in 2010. Greengrass and editor Clare Douglas suck you right into the action of that day - you feel you are there and it is incredibly powerful. There are not enough superlative for this kind of filmmaking. Additionally James Nesbitt as local MP Ivan Cooper, leader of the civil rights movement, is absolutely outstanding. A must see film
A well presented documentary, which had balance and showed both sides.
Brilliant portrayal of an atrocity
'Day in the life' style of film that seems very real and provokes some anti-British feelings.
Gritty, real and very close to the truth I remember the sanitised version of the UK goverment, this is a story that needed to be told.
This provocative film highlights a little known/understood and disturbing historical atrocity which deserves to be told. The hand-held camera and gritty direction by PAUL GREENGRASS makes sure that this film is totally realistic and engrossing and is definitely worth a look! (Though not recommended for the squeamish.)