Friday 21 July 2017

The Cruiser, a hero of the anti-colonial struggle

Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

The Siege of Jadotville, directed by Richie Smyth, inspired by Declan Power's fine book, is the best battle film since Zulu, a powerful tribute to the courage of Commandant Patrick Quinlan and the troops of A Company, 35th Battalion.

But the politics of the screenplay by Kevin Brodbin are the most perverse since Oliver Stone's ridiculous JFK. They amount to a hatchet job on the late Conor Cruise O'Brien.

From start to finish, the film scapegoats O'Brien so that he comes across as a bumbler and a bad guy.

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