"Omagh" starts on August 15 1998 with scene switches between two areas of action. One is the making and transportation of a 500lb bomb from the south to Omagh. The other area is Omagh itself, the day-to-day life of the people in the town and the Gallagher family in particular. These two strands come together with the hopelessly imprecise warning, the poignant scenes of well-intentioned police officers leading people towards, rather than away from the bomb, and of course the explosion itself, which killed 31 and maimed a great many more.
The aftermath of the bombing - the fragility of the human body, the shock of the people, the anxiety of father searching for missing son - all this is chillingly portrayed with deep humanity and an absence of sensationalism, but with no punches pulled either. Gerard McSorley as Michael Gallagher, excellent throughout, is superb here.
In the post-bomb meeting of the families of the victims (the Omagh Support Group) Michael Gallagher's impassioned plea for unity and solidarity across sectarian divides mirrors the ongoing (though largely unchronicled outside NI) efforts towards integration of the immense majority of the people of Northern Ireland. The film then enters the Kafkaesque world of bureaucracy as the victims seek to discover the truth. If the film has an unfinished feel to it then it's because this story is indeed unfinished.