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With breathtaking verisimilitude, Bloody Sunday posits an immediate, you-are-there re-creation of Ireland's most controversial contemporary tragedy. From dusk to dawn, the events of January 30, 1972, are presented in convincing verité fashion; by employing rapid fade-to-black transitions, director Paul Greengrass approaches two perspectives with equal anticipation of potential disaster, based on facts as reported in Don Mullan's politically influential book Eyewitness Bloody Sunday. Ivan Cooper (James Nesbitt) is, ironically, a Protestant Member of Parliament, leading a peaceful but tensely expectant civil rights march through the Catholic "bogside" of the city of Derry, in protest of the British practice of internment without trial. He watches in horror as his throng of unarmed protesters splinters against British paramilitaries who impulsively open fire. No question where Greengrass's sympathies lie (heard but not seen, the first shots are British), but despite charges of inaccuracy and bias, Bloody Sunday will likely stand as the definitive cinematic representation of that horrible day when deadly confusion reigned supreme. (U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" plays over the closing credits; any other choice would have been blasphemous.) --Jeff Shannon
- History Retold--interviews with the cast
- Ivan Cooper Remembers
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Politically speaking, I have yet to see a film that can parallel the brutal honesty of the catastrophic events that unfolded that day. The way the story is told, and the brilliance of the actors abilities brought forth genuine feelings of rage, sadness and in the end, hope.
From me, 5 stars.
I can see why Paul Greengrass was chosen to direct "United 93" because of "Bloody Sunday," as Director Greengrass said in the bonus material on "United 93."
In "Bloody Sunday" Director Greengrass is recounting an horrific event. All is done in hand held letting us be right next to the charactor.
The only thing missing in "Bloody Sunday" is the big budget like Director Greengrass' following works:
United 93 (Widescreen Edition)
The Bourne Supremacy (Widescreen Edition)