Aroview: Captured with handheld 'real-time' immediacy, this is a gripping recreation of the infamous 'Bloody Sunday' massacre in 1972 Northern Ireland, when British soldiers opened fire on a civilian march in Derry and inspired the revival of the IRA.
Centred around the MP Ivan Cooper (Nesbitt) who organised the march to protest against the anti-Catholic efforts of the government, this follows his struggle to control events as the British Army response becomes catastrophically heavy-handed. Although somewhat draining and openly slanted, dir. Greengrass manages to evoke the complex chaos of the tinderbox atmosphere of the times with powerful imagery and serious performances by Nesbitt and Pigot-Smith.
4 stars (Very Good) A stunning re-creation of events that took place in Northern Ireland, 1972, when British paratroopers opened fire on a peaceful demonstration killing 14 Irish Catholic civil-rights protesters. Exceptionally shot, very powerful realistic imagery.~GenXGirl