The 1972 “Bloody Sunday” shootings in Derry, Northern Ireland. The drama shows the events through the eyes of Ivan Cooper, the Protestant Stormont Member of Parliament who was a central organizer of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Derry on 30 January 1972.
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An unsettling reconstruction of the events around the escalation from changing perspectives, stylistically intriguing because of the documentary-like montage of short narrative fragments. Paul Greengrass never again reached such density.
Pushing the shakey-cam documentary mode to its limits, this film chronicles a domestic travesty from the heart of where it happened. Building on eye-witness accounts, the 'official' accounts, all draped in the fug of a nascent civil war. James Nesbitt turns in a superb performance, and despite later accolades Paul Greengrass will be hard pushed to ever top this.
I've seldom been affected this much by a film. It left me with a knot in my stomach and tears in my eyes. Such unfairness, such brutality, such horror. What Greengrass has done in portraying this event is simply masterful.
A whirlwind of brutality, dehumanization, and most importantly realism. This film is an incredible exercise in documentary-realism and for anybody who supports the republican movement in Northern Ireland, it certainly leaves your stomach in knots and your heart heavy. Although semi-fictionalized, the story is heartbreaking. James Nesbitt carries the weight of thousands on his shoulders and in his face.