"A gritty and realistic portrayal of a horrible event"
Now I don't profess to know a lot about the events of 30 January 1972; where 14 people were killed taking part in a supposedly peaceful march to campaign the cause of civil rights for Ireland. I know it can raise a lot of anger in those that do - so forgive me if you read this and find my comments insensitive - I can't handle threatening email!The structure of 'Bloody Sunday' reminded me a lot of the way 'Black Hawk Down' pans out - right from the opening frame there is a sense that something is going to happen - tensions are high. Once the actual gunfire starts about an hour in you are that emotionally would up you can't help but nearly cry as events unfold.
The film uses a fantastic device of repeated fade in/out between the protesters and the British troops preparing to deal with the march ("scoop up" the holligans as the sergeant casually puts it). It is an incredibly effective way of building the tension.
The battle itself is harrowing - innocents gunned down in the street - particularly one scene where a priest with his hands up in surrender is gunned down. People trying to drag bodies off the street are themselves shot for their trouble.Providing in my mind a fair and balanced account of the days events - 'Bloody Sunday' is an event not to be missed.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2002 Vancouver Film Festival. For more in the 2002 Vancouver Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2002 Sundance Film Festival. For more in the 2002 Sundance Film Festival series, click here.