'71 (2014)

Directed by Yann Demange

War | Suspense | History

Most recently watched by sleestakk, sensoria, schofizzy


A young British soldier must find his way back to safety after his unit accidentally abandons him during a riot in the streets of Belfast.

Rated R | Length 99 minutes


Sean Harris | Babou Ceesay | Dawn Bradfield | David Wilmot | Martin McCann | Jack O'Connell | Richard Dormer | Barry Barnes | Aaron Monaghan | Liam McMahon | Paul Anderson | Paul Popplewell | Sam Hazeldine | Valene Kane | Sam Reid | Gerard Jordan | Denise Gough | Killian Scott | Paul Kennedy | Ben Peel | Terence Keely | Barry Keoghan | Jack Lowden | Joshua Hill | Charlie Murphy | Jonah Russell | Adam Nagaitis | Chris Patrick-Simpson | Jim Sturgeon | Aaron Lynch | Andy Moore | Corey McKinley | Cathy White | Amy Molloy | Emmet Kirwan | Eabha MacCabe | Tom Cowling | Peter McNeil O'Connor | Harry Verity | Ben Williams-Lee

Viewing Notes

My fifth film of Denver Film Festival, and likely my favorite of the fest. Even though it was filmed in Blackpool and Manchester, England, to my untrained eyes it felt like it could easily have been Belfast. The tension, political scheming and volatility of the conflict are palpable. When the violence happens it’s quick, brutal and not romanticized. Instead it feels horrifying, regardless of who it happens to. Two scenes in particular shocked me with their brutality despite knowing that they were coming.

I hope this film gets picked up and distributed in the U.S. at some point.


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