'71 Movie Review
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One soldier’s nightmare on the streets of war-torn Belfast is a claustrophobic thriller worth exploring.
We don’t actually learn this soldiers name well into the movie, a deliberate move by filmmakers to focus on the conflict, though the film never explains how this conflict began. Get out your history books. In contrast to Unbroken, the intention isn’t to celebrate the heroes survival, but to show the sheer terror of war. Neither side is celebrated. By the way, his name is Gary Hook. The battered Hook receives help along the journey to safety, but it’s an unpredictably fragile system with consequences. Some of these encounters have grave results.
There’s a grime to the film and production design. Cinematography is frantic and intimate. Viewers are in for a jarring, realistic ride. Freshman filmmaker Yann Demange lets slip a few meandering drifts but for the most part delivers one heck of a punch in this military thriller noir. It also features one of the best chase scenes not involving cars.