Thought the film was great after I got preview tickets from entertainment.ie so thanks for that! I wouldn't say anyone under the 20 mark would enjoy it as much as they won't remember seeing these thing son the tv or hearing about them because its not some action packed thriller full of bombs and gun fights. It's a fairly intense film that shows another side of the people living in the North during these times-the people that are starting to listen to their own conscience and want out. I'd give it a 9 out of 10 only because I think there could have been a bit more screen time from Domhnall Gleeson and Aiden Gillan
saw the movie the other night too, excellent i must say - highly recommend to anyone with any interest in "the troubles"
Attended the Irish premiere this week. There is no doubt that it's technically fantastic, has spot on dialogue (I'm from Northern Ireland myself) and excellent performances. But I couldn't help but shake the feeling that (despite the director maintaining that he wanted to be even-handed) it is anything but. Before you jump to the conclusion that I'm a close-minded Unionist, I'm not, I'm from and Irish Catholic family. Sure, the IRA are depicted as brutal, paranoid, ruthless and so on but the ending defies belief in its naivety and actually suggests a misplaced sympathy. There are barely any Ulster protestants in the film - any that do feature are reduced to faceless, back-to-the camera, or voices off screen (screaming.) To focus on the main characters perhaps but treated as merely devices non-the-less. This reduces the film to an IRA versus The Brits caper - surprising when you consider how well researched the detail in the rest of the film is. The ending (without spoiling it for anyone) is laughably unrealistic and treats what is still (to this very day) one of the most torturous and unresolved issue of the troubles in a way that appears to deliberately sanitize it and make it more about a heroic gesture. Followed by a nice neat resolution that adds another layer of insult. Ultimately, there are still some things even the IRA were ashamed of doing - and it appears film makers are happy to help them rewrite this particularly nasty element of their activities. The film is still good and ultimately 10 times better than most films about the Northern Irealand conflict. Now all we need is Michael Haneake to make a film set in Northern Ireland - an exploration of denial and national shared guilt to cut through the bull-sh1t.
I really enjoyed Shadow Dancer. It's important to remember that it's a work of fiction. But yes, it would be interesting to see Michael Haneke tackle The Troubles, in the same way that Ken Loach tackled it with Hidden Agenda.
What is the point of this movie ? makes you feels depressed watching it and brings back bad memories of evens that should not have happened . I knew I should have gone to see THE WATCH instead
I suppose it is because it is our history, that any film about the IRA just seems so real, and this film is no different. You are drawn into it very quickly and the whole things is just so real. It is a good film and worth watching. Having said that, I think that it is not a women's film in general, but more suited to male viewers.
I dodn't know what to expect but it left me ...........(trying to find the right words).......but can't.........?
Have no idea why the above poster mikecoughlan suggests that this "is not a women's film". As a woman, I found the film enjoyable and compelling. Would recommend to friends.
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