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.”

Five Minutes of Heaven (Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2009)

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.

Rating: 7/10

RIYL: Munich, Hunger, Frost/Nixon.

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4 Responses to “The Indies: Five Minutes of Heaven”
  1. kelizabethc says:

    you know liam is irish right?

  2. Of course. He still has an Irish accent, though. It’s just easy to forget because he plays so many American characters.

  3. Liam Neeson is Irish?

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