Once I passed the triteness of its opening and closing parts and some conveniences of the plot, I couldn't feel any other way but astound by the pace and gripping cinéma vérité style of newcomer Yann Demange. Paranoia, rage, discomfort or panic are some of the myriad of emotions dexteriously captured to give substance to a survival drama that in some other hands wouldn't be as effective or thrilling.
The movie perfectly captures the atmosphere of fear, mistrust & uncertainty. Also there are interesting moments, where the protestant boy is helping. The problem with the movie is the storyline (1) it is difficult to understand why people who are on the same side are at each other’s throats. (2) it is difficult to understand who is trying to kill whom & why. And, (3) we don't know anything about the characters.
Film strepitoso di Demange,che ricorda moltissimo i filmoni di Hill e Carpenter e solo per questo và premiato.Gira divinamente(il piano dopo il bombone fà paura),gestisce il ritmo in maniera fantastica e mette in scena questo spaccato di mondo in cui violenza e tradimenti sono all'ordine del giorno:un mondo dove Hook(come tutti noi) è solo carne da macello. Tra i top del 2015.
Devastante, spietato e tesissimo. Yann Demange (che è anche regista di quella perla di Dead Set) racconta la storia di questo soldato inglese che finisce nell'inferno fratricida della guerra tra l'IRA e i protestanti. Cupissimo, il film è un lungo inseguimento dal ritmo strepitoso che non si prende mai il tempo di tirare fiato, e resta teso e feroce per tutta la durata senza lesinare sulle atrocità che mostra.
Somehow this fictional nightmare scenario for this soldier left behind on the wrong side of the 'fence' & surrounded by those that personify him as the live target to exhume their frustration on, seems to capture the audience in this nail biting chase for survival. The director makes it all feel almost real & coupled with the consistently amazing performance of O'Connell this is one that you will not quickly forget.
The sad legacy of the Bourne series and the last two miserable Bigelow films keep on to be felt in current cinema: shaky camera pounding around the characters and spaces, random-pitched editing that creates noise rather than setting space(s). However, towards the end, the director found a tripod and structure what had despised meanwhile: density and time, making a good movie at those moments.
Effective as an action/thriller, particularly during the slow, nervous escalation of the first half, but much less so as a political film. Screenwriter Gregory Burke takes great pains to show characters on all sides of the conflict, but the tactic is less about a democratic evenhandedness than it is about populating the world with generic stock characters to corral the plot. Has Sean Harris ever NOT played a bastard?
LOVED this movie. The action/intensity was the best I've seen since Children of Men. Yann Demange showcased unbelievable talent with his visceral, propulsive action storytelling. He's up there with Paul Greengrass and Alfonso Cuarón. I can't wait to see what he does next. Jack O'Connell continues to be the next great leading man. I love this type of action filmmaking.