Daily Record : Gripped by the Power Game !vendredi 11 février 1994
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Gripped by the Power Game !By John Millar
From the moment U2 front man Bono rasps out the title song over the opening credits, you are gripped by the intensity and power of In The Name Of The Father.
It’s just a pity, on reflection, that the producers didn’t decide to mention on screen that some facts have been altered in their dramatisation of the story of the Guildford Four.
Their failure to do that has allowed critics to snipe at their film . . . which now has a magnificent seven Oscar nominations. The film-makers have been attacked for putting Gerry and Guiseppe Conlon in the same cell, andfor having the Guildford Four and the Maguire Seven appear togther in court.
But these flaws in the factual side of this dramatisation should not detract from the fact that In The Name Of The Father is a passionate, powerful and impressive piece of cinema.
It also features two of the performances of the year from Daniel Day-Lewis and Peter Postlethwaite as Gerry and Guiseppe Conlon.
They both fully deserve their Oscar nominations.
We see Day-Lewis transformed from a petty crook, who comes this close to being knee-capped by the IRA because of his persistent thieving, and Postlethwaite really seems to get under the skin of his role as the sickly Guiseppe.
There isn’t a duff performance among the entire cast.
Emma Thompson, who has earned a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, is the lawyer who fights for the Guildford Four’s sentences to be quashed, and Corin Redgrave strikes the right tone as the policeman who putthem inside.
This is a movie which you’ll still be discussing long after you’ve left the cinema.