Stars: *** 1/2
Rating: R for intense violence
Run Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
hand-held camera work serves to heighten the tension and confusion of this
emotional roller coaster. The
unstoppable force of the 700-year old conflict between
The camera follows middle-class Protestant and idealistic MP Ivan Cooper (James Nesbitt) as he moves among his constituents with a smile and an anecdote for all. Orbiting Cooper’s universe are Gerry Donaghy (Declan Duddy), a 17-year old Catholic rebel who wants to settle down with his Protestant lady-love, and Brigadier Patrick MacLellan (Nicholas Farrell), the commander of the British army in borough Londonderry who comes under extreme pressure to put a stop to the march.
There’s a sense of helplessness in the historical knowledge of this gruesome day. A violent collision that’s unfortunately relevant to today’s relentless stream of aggressive acts, “Bloody Sunday” is a must-see film experience.