On August 15, 1998, an Irish separatist group known as the Real IRA detonated a car bomb in the small market town of Omagh, Northern Ireland, claiming the lives of 31 people and injuring hundreds of others. Screenwriter Paul Greengrass dramatizes the tragic event in the Irish telefilm OMAGH, centering the action on the real-life story of one grieving father's search for justice. After losing his 21-year-old son in the blast, mild-mannered auto mechanic Michael Gallagher (Irish actor Gerald McSorley, himself an Omagh native) becomes an outspoken advocate for the victims' families as they find themselves increasingly sidelined by an indifferent bureaucracy. Like Greengrass's 2002 directorial effort, BLOODY SUNDAY, OMAGH employs a cinema-verite style marked by handheld video and gritty photography for documentary-like realism and heightened emotional impact.
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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.
Be prepaired for one hell of a beginning and drama that will knock you off your seats.
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.
Good acting by all concerned and and hour and 40 mins well spent.
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However I am glad I watched it.