A wide-eyed British army recruit finds himself unwittingly abandoned behind “enemy lines” in Belfast in 1971 (probably the most violent year in the history of The Troubles in Northern Ireland) and must rely on the kindness (real? feigned?) of strangers to survive.
The lead is Jack O’Connell (Unbroken, Starred Up), whose ability to convey both strength and vulnerability is central to the film’s effectiveness. A young actor to watch. This tense, kinetic, and intricately choreographed chase movie rarely stops for breath. It’s immersive, unsettling, and authentic, and packs a politically unbiased punch. Japanese title: Belfast 71. (99 min)