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Review: Irish revenge thriller ‘Black 47’ ups the intensity with a western-style turn

Review: Irish revenge thriller ‘Black 47’ ups the intensity with a western-style turn

Set against the grim backdrop of Ireland’s Great Famine, Lance Daly’s “Black 47” is a visually arresting, Irish western-style revenge tale that maintains a firm directorial grip on the foreboding landscape.

Having abandoned his post fighting for the British army in Afghanistan, Feeney (Australian James Frecheville), a tough-as-nails Irish Ranger, returns home during the harsh winter of 1847 only to discover his mother dead from starvation and his brother hanged by English authorities.

Vowing vengeance, he systematically embarks on a campaign of terror, while Hannah (Hugo Weaving), a veteran British military man skilled in tracking deserters, is dispatched to put an end to...

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