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.
Apart from the police/military HQ, it's amazing how successfully Greengrass combined the aesthetics of documentary and first person shooter game making it feel like we're tuning live into war reportage, and at the same time not forgetting the characters, especially in mass scenes were it really felt like everyone seen on screen is not only an extra but a full rounded character and a real human being as well.
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.