Film Review: ’71

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Like a lot of people I have an indifferent¬†relationship with The Troubles in Northern Ireland. They didn’t directly affect me, after all, while close they were still happening in a different country and my relationship and knowledge to them is born out the media portrayal. Imagery more powerful than fact, with the depiction of guns, poverty and painted murals used to shape my opinion rather than reasoned debate and learned understanding.

I’d heard very good things about ’71. Both as a film and as a performance by lead Jack O’Connell. Set on the mean streets of Belfast directly at the height of The Troubles, it is a film that is collectively lauded by critics. Most shouting from the roof tops about how director Yann Demange has so graphically managed to turn the residential streets of Belfast into a full, and inhumane, war zone. Read more

Film Review: Kajaki: The True Story

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There has been a huge amount of hype surrounding, Kajaki: The True Story. People praising it for just how true to life and reflective of modern warfare it is. Proclaiming that it returns the genre back to the exacting painful existence that Hollywood sadly beautified and expanded into hyperrealism over recent years, with offerings like Lone Survivor while intense, also feeling over polished and produced. But Kajaki was back to basics, low budget film making. The first film by, Paul Katis, and partly crowd funded, it sets out to purely to tell a story exactly as it happened, to place you in the heart of the action. There have even been mumblings laying claim to this potentially being the best British war film ever made.

These were big claims and so, even though I am not naturally drawn to war movies, I felt this was a film worth searching out, worth seeing. And so, it was off to a late night screening at my local multiplex to see if the story lived up to its billing. If this truly was the best British war film for a generation. Read more