The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.
The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.
James Nesbitt Allan Gildea Gerard Crossan Mary Moulds Carmel McCallion Tim Pigott-Smith Nicholas Farrell Christopher Villiers James Hewitt Declan Duddy Edel Frazer Joanne Lindsay Mike Edwards Gerry Hammond Jason Stammers Ken Williams Bryan Watts Simon Mann Rhidian Bridge Johnny O'Donnell David Clayton Rogers Sean O'Kane Thomas McEleney Deirdre Irvine Gerry Newton David Pearse Gerard McSorley
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The British Army originally went in to protect the Catholics in the north. But of course they fucked it up. James Nesbitt gives an outstanding performance. Alternative movie title: "Centuries of disruption in another's land, but we'll just show one day."
Powerful, provocative & prompting, Bloody Sunday is a meticulously researched, expertly crafted & thoroughly gripping recreation of the Bogside massacre that occurred in the Northern Ireland town of Derry when British troops opened fire on civilians during a protest march, killing 14 and wounding just as many in the process.
Dramatising the events that led to the tragic incident on January 30, 1972, Bloody Sunday follows a civil right activist named Ivan Cooper who was the central organiser of the peaceful rally against internment that ended when British army paratroopers began firing on the unarmed demonstrators in full view of the public & the press.
Written & directed by Paul Greengrass, the movie sets its foreboding tone right within the opening segment after which…
Directed by the guy who brought us United 93 and Captain Phillips, this film is made with the same style, same direction and same dedication. Paul Greengrass has a knack for handling these difficult subjects, treating them with the utmost respect while delivering an experience almost as hard to forget as the events they are based on. With Bloody Sunday, based on the 1972 shootings in Derry, Northern Ireland, he does it without any schmaltzy or corny touches, keeping everything gritty, grounded and realistic. This allows for powerful emotions to build up, shock to strike, and finally a gut-wrenching feeling of sadness and frustration to install and take over. The end raises a few questions that any normal person would…
For many of us who were just simple mortals, mainstream movie watchers, our proper introduction to Paul Greengrass was either the Bourne movies or United 93 - but for the rest, this was it.
While Michael Mann and Tony Scott have been practicing the handheld camera work for a while, there's no doubt Greengrass took it to a whole new level, for better or for worse. Getting to know Paul has a background as a journalist, this approach seems much fitting. For a movie like this one, this whole style works really good as the intention from the get-go is making the feature play more like a dramatization/docudrama rather than an adaptation. So the sense of shaking makes you feel…
48 years ago today, the following innocent people were murdered by the parachute regiment;
John 'Jackie' Duddy, aged 17.
Michael Kelly, aged 17.
Hugh Gilmour, aged 17.
William Nash, aged 19.
John Young, aged 17.
Michael McDaid, aged 20.
Kevin McElhinney, aged 17.
James 'Jim' Wray, aged 22.
William McKinney, aged 26.
Gerard 'Gerry' McKinney, aged 35.
Gerard 'Gerry' Donaghy, aged 17.
Patrick Doherty, aged 31.
Bernard 'Barney' McGuigan, aged 41.
John Johnston, aged 59.
How can they rest in peace when they have received no justice?
"I'll be alright. It's only a march."
Oh how I bet you were eating those words. You poor soul.
Bloody Sunday, for those not familiar, is a film that dramatizes the controversial event of the same name that befell a large group of nonviolent protestors in Northern Ireland in 1972. The march was being put on by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association and it ended in a massacre when a specific barricade became a rowdy hotspot.
In case you ignored 41 years of history or you couldn't already tell how an event named Bloody Sunday could possibly end.
The film is shot with an…
Sometimes you have to weigh up the entertainment value in certain movies over the impact of what you are actually watching. Dramatizations of real events can be divisive because no matter how impartial the filmmaker, there will always be aspects that will stir the blood (pardon the pun) in one direction or another.
The 30th of January 1972 was one of the darkest days in Britain's long list of murderous errors of judgment. A civil rights march in Derry during the hostility caused after "internment" was always going to end in trouble. Forget everything else. Forget the Paras were terrified at the prospect of taking on a large crowd. Forget there were IRA men on the periphery of the march…
Greengrass cinema arrives fully formed. This is an early slice of Greengrass humanism and thrills based off of a true story. Take a historical event and make it feel like it's happening right now, just outside your window. Take an understanding objective gaze to proceedings, showing various human sides of the tragic story. Blend a painful viewing experience with a visceral film experience. Like United 93, it keeps building power and intensity, and finds a deep emotional payoff through a live version of U2's Sunday Bloody Sunday throughout the end credits. It's one of those rare instances when you just sit there through the entire credits, completely absorbed by a song which really has its moment to shine. The depiction…
Last week marked the 42nd anniversary of one of the most contemptible and horrific acts the British establishment ever made against its own citizens.
This excoriating dramatic recreation is simply breathtaking and deeply disturbing. Paul Greengrass returns to his documentary film-making roots and places the viewer in the unflinching and unforgiving position of eavesdropper and fly on the wall as it details the events of the day. These may be actors recreating the events, but it never feels like it. It feels all too frighteningly real. And whilst we're on the subject of actors, it's a film that actually sees James Nesbitt do just that; act. His depiction of Ivan Cooper, the politician and civil rights campaigner at the heart…
Z, The Battle of Algiers. Two movies that must have influenced Greengrass before he started shooting this one. A fierce docudrama that basically plunges you in Derry, where a narrative already is underway. Lots of characters to deal with, lead by James Nesbitt, who sometimes gives the impression that he doesn't know he's in a movie, that he doesn't know he's acting. And that's a good thing. It goes for the vast majority of the rest of the cast as well. Natural acting. Everybody. There's no telling who's an an actor and who's not. That's another good thing. One more. The frantic camerawork. Yeah, you know it from all his other films, but that's not important here. This is where…
Compelling. Immediate. Depressing. It is impossible to dismiss this take on one of the United Kingdom's darkest domestic moments.
We've got to march.
Even if you weren't aware of the events that took place on January 30th 1972 in Derry, Northern Ireland, there's a sense of unease from the opening moments of Bloody Sunday that makes you feel like Northern Ireland sits atop a powder keg with everyone very aware of it, but it's become part of their everyday lives.
Director Paul Greengrass is often criticized for his hand-held camera style, and it some instances to criticisms are valid, but here it ends up being an important part of the film itself. It is very much a documentary style film, not only with hand held camera work but with no musical score accompanying the footage.
"I'm going to go back to the general and the press with the three dead, you've got to find some justification"
You cannot create non-violent systemic change within a system designed to oppress you. That system has to be destroyed.
yeah this made my blood boil so fucking much I think it's stopped being liquid
imagine being british
Paul Greengrass has an eye for capturing realism in his true events films. The shakey camera isn’t a camera movement that I always enjoy but for his films they work really well. The editing in this film is all over the place from events to the police station but other than that, there is little issues with it. It hits upon an event that is still relevant now of peaceful protest that is met with violent action and causes violence from both sides. James Nesbitt is an amazing actor and I always wish he was in more stuff.
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On January 30, 1972, in the Northern Irish town of Derry, a peaceful protest march led by civil rights activist Ivan Cooper (James Nesbitt) turned into a slaughter. British soldiers suddenly opened fire on the defenseless crowd, killing 13 people and wounding 14 more. Shot as if a documentary, this film follows Ivan throughout the day as it chronicles the events leading up to the horrific incident and the bloodied, confused aftermath that followed. Greengrass has deliberately chosen to provoke an emotional rather than intellectual response with his film -- but sometimes provocation is much preferred to the British media's maintenance of the status quo. The film strongly supports how the rights of the Irish were violated and stresses for a peaceful solution if need be to fight against the abuses brought upon by the British. Joining the IRA is not acceptable solution.
upon first watch: it feels wrong to start with critiques or comments on anything but the subject matter, which I think in a sense is good, or at least shows that Paul Greengrass effectively centered the event of Bloody Sunday rather than the spectacle of a film about Bloody Sunday
although some of the extreme zooms were a bit comedic but that might just be how my brain is conditioned
i'll probably disagree with myself later i'm just overwhelmed by distain for engl*nd
my only firm suggestion is that it should start with a blank screen that says "Trigger warning: British people"
but in all seriousness there is a lot of blood which isn't a spoiler if you know anything about what actually happened
Watching this film is like watching only the re-enactment sections of a historical documentary: there are no scene-setting interviews or other elements of historical contextualization, no narration, nothing of the sort. If you watch this as a kind of example of artsy "pure cinema", it might work, but if you're looking for a historical thriller, you're probably better off looking somewhere else. Greengrass' usual shaky-cam aesthetics don't exactly make the proceedings easier to decipher, either. Read a Wikipedia article about the real incident before diving into this mess.
The 50th anniversary of the massacre is coming up in January. The whole film is up on the YouTube channel “Tall Tales”.
Fuck British rule, and fuck every red beret meat-headed bigot cunt on the grounds that day; shooting sons, daughters, mothers and fathers whilst calling them terrorists.
13 dead and 15 wounded and all they can find is 1 soldier worth taking to court!?
Watched this while on holiday in Derry (on a Sunday no less) so it was particularly poignant. Once you get over the annoying fade cuts, this is such a perfectly made film for the subject matter in that it doesn’t necessarily hand you any emotions or opinions on a plate (although it’s pretty clear which side you should be on). A really harrowing portrayal of a very important moment in Northern Ireland’s history that should be shown in schools across the WHOLE of the UK so that people are actually educated on the dark and ongoing effects of our country’s colonialism.
What an achievement.
Greengrass’s approach to filmmaking has always been to do away with sentimentality. To tackle the big issue moments in our collective history, and to depict it in as honest a way as possible. It’s never a manipulative imaginary love story. It’s never soaring music and lush close-ups. The names hardly matter in a Greengrass film. The speed with which events occur lends versimilitude. The pain depicted, in which audience sympathy is achieved only through appealing to our oneness as the human race, is well-earned.
Greengrass, whose work I am just beginning to fully explore, is the perfect antithesis to Spielberg and his ilk.
Thank heavens we have someone like Greengrass taking these films away from lesser filmmakers who would’ve failed to give the Bloody Sunday massacre the film it deserves.
I have wanted to watch this movie for a long time to know a bit more about 'Bloody Sunday' and I think it told the story in a compelling way.
I will admit I wasn't quite in the right headspace when I started watching this movie as I usually am which meant I didn't focus 100% on the film and browsed a bit on my phone while watching.
The transitions in the movie were really rough. I don't know if it was just amateur hour o'clock or if it was supposed to be like that, but it was definitely something to notice.
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