- Choisi par nos rédacteurs parmi Le meilleur de l'année 2003.
I'm going to criticize this movie for some of the things that others have praised it for. It could be called "Cops, Londonderry 1972." That's because the entire movie comes across as an episode of that show. The only difference is that we viewers see things that we never would with the real "Cops." This makes things appear to be extremely realistic, but at the same time bereft of any interpretation. There is no music to cue us about how we should feel. There is no foreshadowing of events. There are no speeches or sense of perspective about what happened in Londonderry.
There are also some other annoying things:
1. accents -- I have a pretty good ear for the Irish brogue, but I found myself scratching my head sometimes in utter confusion about what was being said.
2. no labelling of characters -- It would have helped immeasurably if there had been little credits popping up when each major character was introduced. I would have also provided times and locations when the scenes shifted
Three final notes:
1. Watching this movie leads me to the conclusion that Bloody Sunday was an avoidable tragedy. I think that I would assign about 80% of the blame to the British (putting young, aggressive soldiers armed with live ammunition into the situation they were in was absolute madness). Yet I can't help but think that some responsibility lies with the citizens of the Bogside who chose to riot and stone the soldiers.
2. I really do think that this movie might have been better and fairer if it had shown the killings in a Rashomon style. In other words, it would have been less biased to take at least some of the British soldiers at their word that they thought they saw or heard gunmen.
3. I agree with the other reviewer that Bloody Sunday has unfairly eclipsed other atrocities in Northern Ireland, many of them perpetrated by the IRA. It is a tragedy that no one was punished for what happened in Londonderry, but it is equally unjust that many of those responsible for mass killings like those in Birmingham (21 dead in two no-warning pub bombings in 1974) are walking free today as well.