BLACK ‘47 (15) Three stars

The Herald on Sunday - Sunday Herald Life - - CULTURE -

In 1847, Ire­land is in the grip of the Great Famine. Martin Feeney (James Frecheville) re­turns home from his tour of duty with the Con­naught Rangers to learn that his mother has died.

His brother’s widow El­lie (Sarah Greene) takes him in with her three chil­dren and they make plans to move to Amer­ica be­fore the au­thor­i­ties can forcibly re­move them from their squat.

Un­for­tu­nately, the Royal Ir­ish Con­stab­u­lary (RIC) evict Martin, El­lie and the chil­dren. In the en­su­ing strug­gle, Feeney lashes out to pro­tect what re­mains of his fam­ily and kills mem­bers of the RIC.

The Bri­tish as­sign an of­fi­cer called Pope (Fred­die Fox) to track down Feeney and bring the mur­derer to jus­tice with the help of younger re­cruit Hob­son (Barry Keoghan).

Pope forces one of Feeney’s friends, Han­nah (Hugo Weav­ing), to take part in the man­hunt be­fore the fugi­tive can ex­act re­venge on ev­ery­one he holds re­spon­si­ble for the death of his brother.

A tense game of cat and mouse plays out as the peo­ple of Ire­land suf­fer hor­ri­bly.

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