' '71' delivers 100 percent tension amid 'the Troubles' in Ireland

February 27, 2015 1:18 PM

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An incendiary film that takes off like a house afire, " '71" is a tense thriller from Britain that so adroitly joins physical intensity, emotional authenticity and political acuity that you may find yourself forgetting to take a breath.

Nominated for nine British Independent Film Awards (and winning one for Yann Demange's superb directing), " '71" has a plot that couldn't be more straight ahead: a soldier, played by rising star Jack O'Connell, is caught behind enemy lines and attempts to make it back to safety. Alive.

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