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Bloody Sunday

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Powerful retelling of 1972 demonstrations.

Movie R 2002 110 minutes
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BLOODY SUNDAY director Paul Greengrass does an excellent job at crafting a documentary feel for the story, complete with grainy film, jumpy shots, wavering sound and naturally gray light. The dialogue might be hard to follow between strong accents and a shifting aural perspective but the result is so realistic that the abrupt ringing of the phone or the crack of gun fire makes you flinch.

Greengrass chooses not to review events leading to Bloody Sunday beyond passing references, however the moment itself is caught with a moving clarity: whether you agree with Greengrass' portrayal of controversial events or not, he does a good job of capturing the feel of a society in flux during the early 1970's and portraying the plight of Derry's denizens. It is in the faces of those around the five main characters where so much of the event is framed: the subtle shift of expression on the face of the Captain of the local police force as the Major General orders soldiers into position; the desperate grimace of an unnamed man as he rushes to resuscitate a corpse; the vacant eyed shock of a man learning of the death of a loved one beneath iridescent hospital lights.

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