• 2014
  • UK
  • 1h 39min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Yann Demange
  • Cast: Jack O'Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris
  • UK release: 10 October 2014

Belfast, 1971: Gary (O'Connell) is a young British soldier who, on his first night patrol, gets separated from his unit and finds himself wandering the backstreets. O'Connell is marvellous as the luckless soldier but the complex power-play between the IRA, loyalist paramilitaries and the British Army make for more than just a thriller.

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