I.R.A. KING OF NOTHING: DVD
Bobby Flynn O'Brien (Damian Chapa) who grew up in the I.R.A. is surprised when he realizes that many of his mates don't want to fight anymore, they just want to live normally. The modern day I.R.A. does not have any of its weapons, strength and protection power, it used to. This infuriates Bobby as he sets out to be a continuity I.R.A. man. When his best mate Mick (Cian McCormack) is killed by the son of a powerful U.D.A. member, Bobby murders the young man in revenge. On the run from the I.R.A. as well as the U.D.A., not to mention British intelligence. The only person who can stop Bobby from his last assassination attempt of an M15 agent, is his lover from the past, Maggie (Vanessa Keogh) whose husband is against her helping him.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
'The most controversial film on terrorism ever' claims the DVD slick, and in the end credits we see the film is dedicated to Presley O'Brien Chapa and IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands. In between Damian Chapa has fashioned an angry essay against the British in Northern Ireland, equally spraying the old IRA with having become suits and abandoning the struggle to free the six counties of Northern Ireland from British rule. Well, it would be more controversial had it been better told; the film's structure is like a crazy-car ride at a fairground, switching us back and forth in time from the 70s and 80s and 90s until we're not sure what came when.
Still, the thrust of Bobby Flynn's O'Brien's story is clear enough; he's often beaten up, nearly killed, and told he's out of date. The thing that really gets him, though, is the reference to what used to be a violent struggle as having been resolved, and that he's bad for business. Since when has it been a business, he asks bitterly.
After seeing his mother shot dead at age 12, Bobby shoots his first soldier. And ever since, he has continued the fight. Damien Chapa's direction is fuelled by his enthusiasm for the story, but it gets away from him in his determination to tell it as he sees it. Rachel Hunter is billed as a co-star, but appears in just one short scene in which she plays some kind of military interrogator. Vanessa Keogh makes a great impact as Maggie, Bobby's lover, whose loyalty is tested by Bobby's refusal to toe the now peaceful IRA line.
The film is politically incorrect, but will no doubt connect with those who share Bobby's point of view. General audiences will no doubt find it and edgy political thriller.
Published March 12, 2009
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I.R.A. KING OF NOTHING: DVD (MA)
CAST: Damian Chapa, Rachel Hunter, Rayne Aspergen, Joe Estevez, Nick Hardin, Cian McCormack, Vanessa Keogh
PRODUCER: Damian Chapa
DIRECTOR: Damian Chapa
SCRIPT: Damian Chapa, Carlton Holder
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Pierre Chemaly
EDITOR: Susumu Kimura
MUSIC: Gerard Marino, Ekki Stein
RUNNING TIME: 85 minutes
PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Peacock Films
DVD RELEASE: January 23, 2008
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