The Indies: Five Minutes of Heaven
“No one was telling me anything other than that killing is right. It was only in prison when I heard that other voice.”
With Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt.
In 1975, an 11-year-old boy witnessed the murder of his older brother by a member of the UVF. 33 years later, he’s still bitter and gets a chance to confront his brother’s assassin for the first time. Five Minutes of Heaven opens with an Irish-accented Liam Neeson (Taken) narrating over the jarring imagery of street violence. It’s pretty shocking stuff, but that intensity is somehow maintained throughout the film’s brisk 85-minute run-time. Neeson and James Nesbitt (Match Point) give two of the best performances I’ve seen in a long time in this film that stems from true events and combines the intimacy of a character-based drama with all the suspense of a gripping thriller.
RIYL: Munich, Hunger, Frost/Nixon.