Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Just watched the 1993 film directed by Jim Sheridan, "In the Name of the Father". The film is based on a true story about a petty thief Gerry Conlon, from Northern Ireland who is framed for a horrendous bombing in England by the IRA that killed five people.
The directing and acting are excellent and the movie tells a powerful story of an injustice in a very bad time in Ireland and English history. It does a great job of not only dealing with an emotionally charged political issue but also tells a moving story about a father and son relationship and their love. It's a movie to watch again even if you seen it before or watch it for the first time if you haven't.
Of course it's a movie and it takes license with reality and combines events, leaves out details that while the truth would make for a more complex movie. Life isn't black and white like in a movie. So I would recommend you read a little about the facts of the real case and you will understand that the truth is more complex.
I guess a simple analysis would have to say that it was a major injustice done to the Conlon's and that a horrible crime was perpetuated on the innocent victims by the IRA bombing. Watch the movie, read more about it and draw your own conclusions...