Omagh (3 stars)


(15) 102min (Optimum DVD retail/rental)


On August 15 1998 a peaceful small town was blown apart both literally and figuratively by a bomb blast that killed and wounded many of its citizens. Written by Paul United 93 Greengrass but directed by Pete Travis this fictional account is held together by Gerard McSorley’s fine performance as a subdued man trying to find an outlet for his anger. What could have been an issue-driven tale of the townsfolk very understandably seeking remuneration if not retribution, becomes thanks to Travis’ and Greengrass’ documentary style approach and understanding of emotional nuance, a study in one man’s confusion after he loses his son and consequently almost alienates the remaining members of his family. The filmmakers have the good sense to leave of the music until the very close of the film; in keeping with the ‘realist’ tenet of the film, but even more respectful to McSorley’s performance that needs no underscoring. Minimal extras.


  • 2004
  • Ireland
  • 1h 46min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pete Travis
  • Cast: Gerard McSorley, Michele Forbes, Brenda Fricker, Stuart Graham

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