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About the Movie
Jack O'Connell stars as a young British solider in this "Extraordinary" (Indiewire) film directed by Yann Demange. Abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971, he must survive the night alone within enemy lines and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien, and deadly landscape.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 128
- Fresh: 123
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The movie excites, but intelligently, without stoking blood lust or Old Testament revenge impulses.
Fresh: When it comes to vengeance and murderous intrigue, the Belfast in " '71" is a small world.
Fresh: Demange's feature debut miraculously distills the often Byzantine nature of the power politics behind The Troubles in a deeply intimate chamber piece about a single day in the life of a British soldier.
Fresh: The film doesn't take sides, but shows how conflict stirs the pot of human emotions and how quickly things can get out of control. And it shows that in war, no one is right.
Good movie,well worth a watch,might be a bit lost on U.S. Audiences.
One to Seek Out
“71” had my heart racing. It doesn’t stop. It doesn’t need to stop. The audience is thrown into a story with grit, one told in an uncompromising fashion. We don’t need any backstory. We don’t need any sort of setup. All we need is now. That now is war. Hellish war to be precise. But, it isn’t exactly your typical setting.
What we’re seeing is the very beginning of what came to be called ‘The Troubles’. This is referring to a violent thirty-year conflict in Northern Ireland that mainly concerned the constitutional status of the country. However, if I may be blunt, the specifics don’t really matter. This isn’t a film that deals with a huge scope. Our story is right in front of us and is all the viewer needs: one soldier (that being Jack O’Connell of “Unbroken” fame). After a terrifying riot on the crowded streets of Belfast, this one soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit and left to survive the night alone in a bewildering new landscape. He has people after him, doesn’t know who he can trust, and is as scared as can be.
It’s certainly one of the most intense films I’ve seen all year and doesn’t let up. But, as I said earlier, it doesn’t need to. The audience is already emotionally attached from the first few scenes and continues to root for him as his safety is questioned. Yann Demange, a director that’s fairly new to the field, shows a natural knack for filmmaking and brilliantly brings this story to life alongside actor Jack O’Connell. Who, if you hadn’t already made notice of, should definitely do so now. His sensational performance floored me and ultimately drives the whole film. They’re a phenomenal team and are both ones to watch. Seek this film out, you won’t be sorry.
Really tight movie
This movie was a really tightly told story. Really really well done.