Bloody Sunday (4 stars)

Bloody Sunday

(15) 110min (Optimum DVD retail)


Better known for his bigger budget work on The Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum films and United 93, Paul Greengrass’ 2002 docudrama showing the events that led up to the tragic incident on 30 January 1972 in Derry when a protest march was fired upon by British troops, killing 13 protesters and wounding 14 more, exhibits his admirably film realist roots.

As Greengrass cuts between a protestant MP and marchers in the town protesting against internment without trial, and the British army monitoring the event, who are utilising it for their own ends, so the film gathers suspense. The fact that, as in United 93, we know what happens, doesn’t dilute the tension, it adds to it. Greengrass immerses himself and this excellent ensemble of actors (James Nesbitt and Tim Piggott-Smith among them) in the details of the event making the viewer horribly aware of the atrocity to come. Minimal extras.

Bloody Sunday

  • 4 stars
  • 2001
  • UK / Ireland
  • 15
  • Directed by: Paul Greengrass
  • Cast: James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell

Greengrass' documentary-style drama recreates the events of 30 January 1972 in Derry when British soldiers fired upon civil rights activists during a peaceful demo. The effective scene setting and recreation of the mood around the events is superb, as are the performances, particularly Nesbitt in the lead.

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