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March 3, 2016 –
Thursday 3rd March ~ “71”
(UK, 2014, Director: Yann Demange, Cert 15, 97mins, Jack O'Connell, Sean Harris, Sam Reid)
A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe and increasingly wary of his own comrades, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating and deadly landscape.
This is the first film of the director and although the acting is superb none of the actors are well known stars. Similarly the locations appear to be totally authentic but none of the film was shot on location in Northern Ireland. A few Northern Irish reviews comment that it hasn’t captured the atmosphere at all and that the situation is unrealistic but for all that it is an excellent and taut thriller.