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  • Bloody Sunday
    Bloody Sunday is a well filmed show that brings to light of one of the most tragic events in Irish history. On a peaceful cival rights march, the British first opened fire on the Irish march, and were given permission to fire at will. Any one who is Irish, and knows exactly what happened on that faitful day, can now get an up close and real feel of what it was like to face the British para's, while peacfully marching for equal rights, in a land whose boundries were gerrymandered by the British. The movie is very acurate, showing that the British first shot on the defensless Irish. Years later the British government investigated the events of that day, called the Stalker Report. Once the investigation was finished, the British refused to release the results of that investigation. This movie, is not one sided. It accurately portrays the events of that day, showing that the Irish were repressed of their due rights, by an invading, colonial government....more info
  • Leaves abit to be desired, but so did/does the "official" investigation.
    I thought the movie left me sorta just hanging out there and didn't answer my questions. But on the other hand, those same questions aren't answered in the real world even today. All in all, a movie worth seeing....more info
  • The Gauntlet drops............
    Paul Greengrass has delivered the seminal cinematic essay on the origins of Ireland's troubled history. There are precious few heroes in the course of this film, and while many start out with noble intentions, the road to hell is quickly tarmacadamed.

    This is a gripping film shot in cinema-verite style. My Viet Namese companion was uncertain whether the film was actually a real time documentary. The film aims to lay out what happened that created such a monumental disaster and it leaves you emotionally and horrifically exhausted. This is the dropping of the gauntlet and the levels of betrayal, prejudice, manipulation, ulterior motives undercut and destroy the human fabric. What was begun as a bi-partisan civil rights march ignited a six-county corner of the Irish island into a bonfire that still has not burned out. This was arson of the soul. In the murder of this day bitter enemies would find the justificatiion for more than 30 years of murder, mayhem, gun and drug-running, brutality, rape and desecration. Pandorra's box was opened, and all manner of evil was let loose in a society that could just have easily adopted a peaceful resolution. In the aftermath of the death and destruction of this day, modern terrorism from the IRA through the UVF to the PLO and Osama Bin Laden was born and found its legs to launch attack upon attack on the dignity of life. Governments learned to collude with gangsters. Noble human values were bought, sold , subjugated to one side's polemics or another.
    To Greengrass's tremendous credit, he takes no sides. He allows the tragedy to unfold objectively. This film puts the lie to the Irish American sentimentality over the IRA and sets the stage for the rapacious and vicious assault suureptitiously promulgated by Margaret Thatcher. For the purposes of this film, this is the people on the street who by little decisions, squeezes of a trigger and bewilderment at the hell let loose, open floodgates to violence here to fore unimagined. This was the singular event that brought all the snakes back to Ireland, and Greengrass films them in an unblinking fashion. Perhaps no other film, save maybe HARRISON'S FLOWERS, so effectively captures just how horribly man is capable of betraying everything that is good about him. Had we not been thrown out of Eden before this horrible day, then we'd surely have been sent packing after this. Jim Nesbitt leads a remarkable cast. At no point do you ever have the sense that these are actors.

    If you are sick to death of the green or orange sweater brigades who sloganize terror and murder, this is the film for you. If you are given to marching for one side or another, this film states quite clearly, God forgive you....more info

  • Bloody Sunday
    I was dissapointed with this film, I bought it hoping to watch a very powerful movie about a piece of Irish history worth noting....more info
  • Bloody Brilliant!
    From the moment the opening credits begin (with a haunting and brooding score punctuated by nervous military radio banter) to the sombre closing credits (with a fine live version of u2 performing Sunday, Bloody Sunday) this picture, dramatising the unfortunate events of 30 January 1972, in Londonderry, N. Ireland grips you and--slowly, surely--winds the tension up like a spring.

    Whilst I will avoid recounting the events of that terrible day (the previous reviews do that very well) and will avoid commenting on its historical accurateness (there's certain to be inaccuracies cited in this telling by historians, and, truth be told, the British do not represent well at all here [seeming so hateful and criminal as to be, at times, difficult to believe--but, maybe that's the point) I will say that the film feels amazingly real-that is, it is utterly convincing. Through a documentary styled presentation showcasing amazing and sharp acting performances, you are drawn in completely-you believe you are there.

    Technically, this DVD is beautiful. The picture is presented in a gorgeous anamorphic 16x9 transfer with solid blacks and crisp and tight (if intentionally muted) colours. The audio is likewise full and punchy. You will notice that there are two feature audio track options: 1. A `Domestic' audio track (which is, in fact, a U.S. mix (domestic would mean the U.K., the film's place of origin), and 2. A U.K. release mix. The difference between the two is that the U.K. track has a much more spacious and pronounced ambient/surround mix, whereas the `domestic' mix reduces much of the ambience in favour of a louder (centred) dialogue track (most likely to aid the N. American audiences not conversant with the Irish accents and varying dialects featured so prominently in the film.)

    I cannot recommend this film too highly. It is a fine example of what art can aspire to when embedded with a strong and passionate message.
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  • Sunday, Bloody Sunday
    Paul Greengrass, who brought us the powerful and controversial "United 93," made a stunning film about the events that transpired on January 30, 1972 in Londonderry. Greengrass presents the film in a documentary fashion, giving the impression that you are observing the events as they take place. On that day, the Civil Rights Movement, led by MP Ivan Cooper, were determined to march in spite of an official ban on all such gatherings. The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association fought against many abuses of power on the part of the Northern Ireland administration, but the core issue was the abolition of Operation Demetrius, or internment. Basically, British soldiers could arrest and intern those suspected of being paramilitary groups without charge or trial.

    Cooper, who came from a rural Protestant background, wanted only a peaceful march. He urged IRA members not to bring weapons to the march, and advised youth who were harassed by soldiers to "just walk away." Unfortunately, due to high-levels of IRA/British soldier clashes, the "Paras" (1st Battalion of the British Parachute Regiment) were out in force. In addition, despite Cooper's pleas to the contrary, armed "Provos" (members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army) were present. It's still not clear how it began, but shots were fired, and the Paras killed 14 unarmed marchers and wounded several others. The film clearly implies that the British shot first, though that's something that may never be determined with certainty.

    Shortly after the events of Bloody Sunday, the British government convened an inquiry known as the Widgery Inquiry. It absolved all the British soldiers of responsibility. In response to political pressure, Tony Blair launched the Saville Inquiry, which as of now has yet to release a report.

    In the final part of the film, with Ivan Cooper and other Civil Rights leaders speaking at a press conference after the events, Cooper says: "I'd like to say to the British government- you know what you've done, don't you? You've destroyed the Civil Rights Movement. Tonight, young men will be lining up to join the IRA, and you will reap a whirlwind." His words proved to be prophetic. Had Bloody Sunday not happened, it's likely that the Civil Rights Movement could have achieved what the Good Friday and St. Andrews Agreements are now achieving.

    The acting and direction in this movie are top-noptch. Even though the viewer knows what's going to happen, one feels a certain amount of suspense. The interment issue has an eerily contemporary ring to it, and this film shows the dangers of a militarized police force. The two featurettes on the DVD are quite informative as well. In sum, this movie is highly recommended, both for history fans and those who want to use the lessons of history to change the future.

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  • Respectfully dissenting
    I understand that the producers wanted this mockumentary to be as close to "the real tying" as possible but they might also have kept in mind that the film, as dialogue-rich as it is, loses a great deal for viewers who are not well-versed in Northern Irish dialect. I had to watch it twice all the way through before I really grasped everything required to appreciate it. If this had been made solely for domestic consumption in Ireland the question would not be relevant. However, marketed as it has been for overseas consumption, one must ask at least why there were no subtitles provided.

    I also question the motives of the filmmakers in putting together a feature film that "fools" the viewer into thinking it's a documentary. Kudos to the brilliant acting jobs by known and unknown actors alike and laud the choppy camerawork, which was right on the money. But what was the point, really? Why all this effort expended to make a feature that resembles a doc but isn't? And the insertion of Tim Piggot-Smith (of "Jewel in the Crown" infamy) as the hard-ass commander is heavy-handed since this actor is routinely cast as sadistic military types and has probably never played a sympathetic role in his life.

    I personally would rather see a balanced documentary of the actual event, so that I can know for certain that what I'm seeing truly happened. ...more info
    This film lets you see just how bad the British really are. Americans, don't forget we fought a similar war to get out from under their thumb. They dubbed us terrorists then just as they dub the IRA terrorists. Forget the Middle East, free Ireland George!...more info
  • A movie worth watching!
    Set up like a documentary, Bloody Sunday, brings to the screen the true story of the 1972 massacre in Derry, Northern Ireland, by the British forces and the cover-up that followed.
    James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, and the rest of the cast, have truly outdone themselves with their performances, which are exceptional to say the least!
    Very well written and very well presented, the movie does a great job of describing the complexity of Northern Ireland.
    The setting, the plot, the dialogues and the music are all wonderful!
    In short, Bloody Sunday is a movie definitely worth watching and one to seriously consider adding to your movie collection!
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  • Irish pride, British smame
    I am 1/2 Irish, 1/2 British, by heritage, I am a history major and international relations minor, I have written many papers on Anglo-Irish relations for both subjects. It was the U2 song that got me intrested in the subjects. I have learned alot about my heritage, and the more I learn, the more I am ashamed of the 1/8 of me that is English (the other 3/8 are Welsh). I have read about the day from many different people; uninvolved 3rd party historians, Gerry Adams (who was not there), and both Irish and British authors, but seeing it, and knowing that it was a joint froduction of both the Itish and British film boards made me see a light, a comming together to heal old wounds. This move made me realise that while the English were evil monstars on that day (and on others) the IRA retailated in June of 1972 killing 9 UDA men and 2 soilders, I am a Nationalist, I want to see the North annexed back to the Republic where it belongs, but it can not be done through killing.
    As for the movie, it is not for everyone, if you want to learn more about the day or the Troubles in general it is a good way to start.
    I have read so much about the conflict that many of the disturbing and heartrenching facts have become common place in my head, but this film made me cry, and still does everytime I watch it. If you have any interest in the situation and want to learn more, I STRONGLY suggest you watch the film....more info
  • I still remember Warrington
    It seems that Catholic tragedies are the only events which warrant the attention of filmmakers. The IRA, INLA, Real IRA and Continuity IRA are responsible for bloody monday, tuedsay, wednesday, thursday , friday, bloody Brighton, bloody Enniskillen (11 civilians murdered), bloody Warrington (two little children, ages 12 and 3 murdered), bloody Warrenpoint (18 soldiers), bloody Omagh (29 civilians), bloody Guilford (5 civilians), bloody Birmingham (21 civilians), bloody City (3 civilians including a 15 year old girl),bloody Harrods (five civilians), bloody Claudy (8 civilians)... There isn't enough space for me to list all of them, but the list goes on.
    The stastics say it all: In the whole course of the conflict Republican groups have killed far more people (2153) than the security forces (365) and Loyalists (1080) put together. In addition they deliberately target civilians (example: Harrods 1983, Omagh 1998) and have even forced civilians to become suicide bombers for them (Patsy Gillespie, Londonderry 1990).
    This film is lacking, not for its portrail of the events of the day which is done quite well, but for what it omits. For example, the very same year (1972) was Bloody Friday (22 IRA bombs murder 9 civilians). No mention is made of any of these other events in the film. Nor, by the way, is there any mention of the fact that the Catholic alienation was due mainly to policies of the Unionist parliament in Stormont and not the British government.
    So, in my opinion, see the film, but don't use it as your only source of information about the conflict....more info
  • A Lot of Confusion Over This Film
    I'm not sure what film Frankie Flanagan, Ross Hughes, 'A viewer', Breandan or Elizabeth J. Shannon were commenting on, but it doesn't seem possible that it was 'Bloody Sunday'. Ms. Shannon, Ross Hughes and 'A viewer' seem to think that the film is pro-IRA - boy, did they miss the point. As for Abe "Starman" in WVA, clearly he doesn't even understand the basic facts behind the film. As for Roland Zwick and Gitana3000, I think they need to gain some experience in accented English. The Northern Irish dialect is not that hard to understand. Heck, go and see a movie set in Yorkshire, Glasgow or Durham - those are difficult accents. It's a fact of modern realistic filmmaking that when a film is set in Northern Ireland it's going to feature Northern Irish accents - it's something everyone should be able to deal with. Heck, I found the movie 'Matewan' difficult to understand, but I don't demand subtitles, or that they tone down the accents, for a movie that's in my own language. Instead I learn to understand the variations - it's not that difficult, and it's something that stands a person in good stead when he ventures out into the real world. Only in US documentaries and news shows do we see subtitles when people are speaking clear and intelligable English. What is it with that? I mean do people in New York need subtitles when listening to folks from North Dakota?

    Anyway, rant over. This is a great film which gives Bloody Sunday very evenhanded treatment. Perhaps if people saw the film before commenting, and perhaps if they took the time to understand the film before they started to write a review, this film would get fairer reviews.

    As others here have said, don't see this movie and think it gives an overview of 'The Troubles' because it doesn't. It shows one day when one group of soldiers killed a lot of innocent people - as such it illustrates how poor armies are at keeping the peace - it shows how the British Army killed a few of the 365 people it killed during 'The Troubles'. What it doesn't show is how brutal the IRA, INLA & other so-called 'republicans' (who killed 2153 people) or the Loyalists (who killed 1080) can be....more info
  • Super
    Very dramatic without being a "Hollywood" type of film. Shows how awful the Brits actually were to Catholics in the North. Must see....more info
  • Tiocfaidh ar l
    Bloody Sunday was the day when finally the world opened their eyes and saw how brutal and disgusting the Brtis really were.I'm not an anti- british guy but you have to admit they did put us through alot. What annoys me is the fact people can forget that so quickly...and yet 9/11 will be remembered forever..

    Im an Irish Catholic myself and this was a day of shame on the irish people and others who are related to Ireland. Til this day the North is War Zone. Sinn Fin are still being looked down upon by the rest even though they are the only people still fighting for the full united Ireland.

    The film itself was deadly. Its a sensitive subject which was taken on with brave film making.I really liked the whole home made look to the film it was really effective.

    Finaly the world sees the real British Army....not this patriotic Iraqi bullsh*t...more info
  • History Lesson
    This movie is a telling reenactment of an event that is ignored. How many people know what U2 is singing about it thier similarly named song?...more info
  • A real movie starring real people.
    This film is an excellent account of what happened on Bloody Sunday. The above reviews in which people compare the IRA to Al Queda are obviously from people with little knowledge on the situation in Northern Ireland. It was not a march of victory nor was it for freedom from the UK; it was for civil rights so that Catholics may receive the same treatment as Protestants in a Protestant majority state. The previous review on how this film hindered rather than helped the peace process was made from a person who I feel is highly uneducated on the situation. This film shows a real account on what happened on this tragic day and it shows it fairly from both accounts. The acting was raw and very real as a lot of the actors in the shooting scenes were people who were there that day and the emotions they show was very real. In making this film both soldiers and civilians who were present on that fateful day were interviewed. The fact that it was shown as a documentary style film was to deliver as an accurate and believable film as possible and I think it succeeded immensely in doing so. If only more films were made as carefully as this one we might get to the truth on a lot more issues governments choose to sweep under their political carpet. And with regards to previous reviewers please don't make remarks on political issues you obviously no so little about....more info
  • im all for the irish,but this was just suicide!
    back many many years ago,the english took over........well pretty much everything.ireland included.the potato famine is really just some bull they put up to cover for the fact that they were starving the irish to death by attacking or taking all thier food sources.the irish are still under english rule now.theyre mad as anything,understandably.the ira and just about anybody else fights guierrilla style all the time against the english.the irish wanted to do a march in northern ireland commerating a victory over the english which was really inconsequential now.the english armed guards were everywhere and this irish guy led hundreds of people out to this march against unbeatable odds and unlawfully.his reasons were half baked,like martin king was his idol.first of all,martin king was a guy who cared nothing for the irish only africans.they marched and as expected,they were shot dead.its sad and sorry but you dont peacefully assemble against armed guards.its a documentary type film.its cheaply is quite true.for the irish,its got to be indescribably horrible.the important messages are many.FREE IRELAND!many other once english ruled places are free now like china and india.theyve made thier point.give it up already!and lastly,the only real difference between a fool and a hero is wether or not you were one is going to remember the irish king wanna be as ca hero for leading his lambs to slaughter....more info