In 2019 I found some old Word documents with movie reviews I wrote back before I had a blog. I’m posting each review backdated to the day I wrote it.
Title: Bloody Sunday
Release Date: January 25, 2002
Director: Paul Greengrass
Production Company: Bórd Scannán na hÉireann
Hell’s Kitchen Films
Irish Film Board (funding)
Portman Entertainment Group
This film is stunningly gritty, filmed like a documentary with hand-held cameras, overlapping dialogue (much incomprehensible anyway due to the accents), and a sense of real-time action, even though an entire day is summed up in a couple of hours. It’s hard to fathom how a cast so large can recapture an event in such detail to make it feel as if a camera was really there. The actor who plays Ivan Cooper, the MP and Civil Rights march coordinator is particularly strong in capturing the horror of the day. It’s hard not to be moved to this film, but moved to action or hopelessness is the question.