"71' director on horror of war: 'It's a pattern we see recurring'

March 19, 2015 12:03 PM

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The Belfast-set historical thriller "'71" follows a novice English soldier running through midnight alleys as Northern Ireland erupts in sectarian ferocity. Its story of brutalized warriors lost overseas recalls Jack O'Connell's lead in Angelina Jolie's harrowing World War II epic "Unbroken."

In each film the 25-year-old star delivers a well-honed performance with terse speech, creating a compelling character through expression, gesture and body language.

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