Five Minutes of Heaven

Five Minutes of Heaven

Five Minutes of Heaven

Five Minutes of Heaven is a gritty drama exploring the trouble in Northern Ireland. Stars Liam Neeson. The story begins in 1975 when 17-year-old Alistair Little, a member of the UVF (a Northern Irish paramililtary group), murdered a 19-year-old Catholic, Jim Griffin, in Lurgan. It was witnessed by Jim's younger brother, Joe. Thirty years later Joe Griffin (James Nesbitt) and Alistair (Neeson) are set up to meet, on camera and arranged by the media. The aim is to reconcile, but Joe has different motives.

Won Best World Cinema Director (Oliver Hirschbiegel) and World Cinema Screenwriting Award (Guy Hibbert) at Sundance Film Festival, 2009.
2009Rating: M90 minsUK
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Variety

Variety

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Powerhouse performances by Liam Neeson and James Nesbit make this an intense, ultimately moving tale.

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Total Film

Total Film

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Half-truth and reconciliation are the driving forces behind this powerful drama from the writer of Omagh (Guy Hibbert), which takes a real-life tragedy as the starting point for a hard-hitting exploration of Northern Ireland’s troubled past and uneasy future.

4.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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A feature-length talkathon built on a sketchy premise, some unpersuasive psychology, a pinch of politics and strong star turns from Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt, the appeal of all those words runs out long before the director Oliver Hirschbiegel turns off the spigot.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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An imperfect but intensely human movie that ponders the aftershock of violence, could have been an exercise in overacted sappiness. Instead, it's as hard and uncompromising as remorse.

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Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

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Troubled pasts relived once the last bullet is fired.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Based on a true story -- that never happened. That might explain why the film circles and circles its subject but never strikes dramatic pay dirt.

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The movie was boring and not interesting at all. I had to keep waking my partner up. Don't recommend this movie at all. Poor quality movie for two good actors,

1.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Powerhouse performances by Liam Neeson and James Nesbit make this an intense, ultimately moving tale.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Half-truth and reconciliation are the driving forces behind this powerful drama from the writer of Omagh (Guy Hibbert), which takes a real-life tragedy as the starting point for a hard-hitting exploration of Northern Ireland’s troubled past and uneasy future.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A feature-length talkathon built on a sketchy premise, some unpersuasive psychology, a pinch of politics and strong star turns from Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt, the appeal of all those words runs out long before the director Oliver Hirschbiegel turns off the spigot.

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

An imperfect but intensely human movie that ponders the aftershock of violence, could have been an exercise in overacted sappiness. Instead, it's as hard and uncompromising as remorse.

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Troubled pasts relived once the last bullet is fired.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Based on a true story -- that never happened. That might explain why the film circles and circles its subject but never strikes dramatic pay dirt.

0

The movie was boring and not interesting at all. I had to keep waking my partner up. Don't recommend this movie at all. Poor quality movie for two good actors,

1.0
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