Reviewed by: Ken James
REVENGE, love replaces hatred—former israeli soldier and an ex-PLO fighter prove peace is possible-but only with Jesus Christ
spies in the Bible
prisons in the Bible
Should I save sex for marriage? Answer
death in the Bible
Learn about the IRA (Irish Republican Army) and other important topics in Ireland?—commentary
In the Name of the Father (1993)
The Devil’s Own (1997)
|Featuring:||Liam Neeson (Michael Collins), Julia Roberts (Kitty Kiernan), Alan Rickman (Eamon de Valera), Brendan Gleeson (Liam Tobin), Aidan Quinn (Harry Boland), Stephen Rea (Ned Broy), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Collins' Assassin), more »|
|Producer:||Warner Bros. Pictures, Geffen Pictures, Redmond Morris, Stephen Woolley|
“Ireland, 1916. His dreams inspired hope. His words inspired passion. His courage forged a nation’s destiny.”
If historical dramas are up your alley, you won’t want to miss “Michael Collins”. Reminiscent of “In the Name of the Father” and, more recently, “Braveheart”, “Michael Collins” (played by Liam Neeson of “Schindler’s List”) tells the story of a young man leading Ireland in their fight for independence from the British. Obviously influenced by his background, Irish-born director Neil Jordan sheds light on the bitter and brutal battles fought during the 1920’s in Dublin, Ireland.
“Mick” Collins, Eamon DeValera (Alan Rickman), and Harry Boland (Aidan Quinn), lead a ring of Irish freedom fighters. They take upon themselves the incredible task of ousting British occupation from Ireland. Having ignored warnings given by the IRA to evacuate Dublin, many British officials assigned there are assassinated in cold blood. England dispatches more troops to occupy Dublin, leading to building animosity between the Brits and Irish.
Eventually, against incredible odds, Ireland is given a form of independence they had been desiring for centuries. However, the treaty, lacking many provisions greatly desired, does not satisfy all the Irishmen, quickly leading to a fierce and bloody civil war between the Irish.
The historical aspect of this story is fascinating. It offers a more clear understanding about the IRA and British and Irish relations, however biased the story, that most Americans are ignorant of. While much of the movie is enjoyable and interesting, it certainly doesn’t help current relations between the opposing sides. (You can be sure the British parliament won’t be endorsing this one!) Julia Roberts, who plays the part of a young lady loved by best friends and co-fighters Michael Collins and Harry Boland, is truly a downfall to the movie. Her Americanized persona and totally unconvincing accent brought down several of the scenes she was cast in.
With much bloodshed, violence, profanity, and adult themes (nothing sexual), this movie is not for everyone, especially not kids and younger teens. It does, however, lead to a much better understanding of Ireland’s continuing fight for independence and the struggles they have faced in the past.
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