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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film which is both horrific and touching
"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...
Published on 28 Mar 2009 by Pablo

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1 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Omagh
A realistic and sad portrayal of the bamb that rocked Omagh in 1998. However, if you are not from N. Ireland or do not have an interest in the political situation, this movie may seem pointless and boring to you.
Published on 14 April 2009 by A. Burns


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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film which is both horrific and touching, 28 Mar 2009
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Pablo (Co. Down/ Navarra) - See all my reviews
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"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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Sad Movie, 5 Oct 2010
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Great movie of a very sad moment in Northern Ireland's history, of which there have been too many. Well acted, particularly by Gerard McSorley as the grieving father, and the supporting cast were all excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Omagh is Tops, 18 July 2010
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I thought that the story line went on for a bit to long until I realised what the story was all about.
Be prepaired for one hell of a beginning and drama that will knock you off your seats.
Very Dramatic.
Very Educational.
Very Emotional.
Very Entertaining.
And all of the characters in the movie did a great job.
I can't say much without ruining it... So get a copy and enjoy it as much as I did.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good docu-drama, 9 Nov 2009
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for those interested in what was euphemistically called "the troubles" in the six counties of Ulster, and the rest of Ireland as a whole. It basically details the bombing of the town of Omagh by....well, by parties still unknown, and the efforts of the families of those killed and injured to get to the truth of who was responsible. Serious questions about the role of the then RUC and British intelligence are left hanging.

Good acting by all concerned and and hour and 40 mins well spent.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Troubles are Over?, 5 May 2013
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I remember the rejoicing when the Good Friday Agreement was signed.Seamus Heaney wrote a marvellous optimistic poem to mark the occasion, politicians made euphoric speeches and thankful prayers said by believers and unbelievers. Then came the Omagh bombing. Overnight, we learned that there were still people who did not want peace in Northern Ireland, and were still prepared to kill. This is not a comforting film, and there is no happy ending. Watch it and be awed at the determination of the relatives in their pursuit of justice. Be hopeful that such an atrocity will never be repeated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review, 2 April 2013
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Great acting and shows the reality of how the troubles affect families invloved in living in Ireland who only want answers to why them. Doesn't glorify the bombers or the reasons why this awful atrocity happenned but shows how ordiary people going about their daily business are the should never be forgotten victims.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review, 23 Sep 2012
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T. Conner "in Brussels" (Brussels, Belgium) - See all my reviews
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This was for me a good account and the lead-up to the explosion and the aftermath was really well done, very dramatic, very realistic. The focus on one family was good, and I liked the acting. For me a good, dramatic, and sympathetic account of a heinous crime or an act of war depending on your point of view.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Omagh DVD, 23 April 2012
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If any of this runs close to the truth, it would make any normal person run cold,but you need to understand the troubles in Northern Ireland to try & make any sense of why / how anyone could do such a evil act.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Oct 2014
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Very pleased with item thank you
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1 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Omagh, 14 April 2009
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A. Burns (Bangkok) - See all my reviews
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A realistic and sad portrayal of the bamb that rocked Omagh in 1998. However, if you are not from N. Ireland or do not have an interest in the political situation, this movie may seem pointless and boring to you.
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