’71

Very impressive and tense story of a young soldier (Jack O’Connell) who gets left behind in a Catholic part of Belfast in 1971 when his battalion’s activity goes wrong.

The decade and atmosphere are extremely well presented, even though in many ways that’s an irrelevance, as the story is not typical of those usually set against the backdrop of the troubles: the only side we’re really invited to take is that of a naive young man who finds himself in an extremely dangerous situation. And Jack O’Connell makes sure that we’re rooting for him with a convincing performance.

A shame for me that Sean Harris was less convincing this time – can’t quite put my finger on why as he’s usually reliable.

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