2002. Written and directed by Paul Greengrass.
As I mentioned in another thread, the only Greengrass film I'd seen before this was Green Zone
, which I had found almost offensively bad. But people kept talking about Bloody Sunday
and United 93
, so I queued them up.
It turns out that Bloody Sunday
works for all the reasons that Green Zone
doesn't. The camera does feel reasonably placed, the faces of the actors (most of whom were not professional actors) were not distracting, the muddled soundscape drew me in. All of these elements come together to make a unified piece, a purposeful, exciting, moving film.
I started downloading United 93
almost immediately after finishing Bloody Sunday
, and I hope to get to it this weekend. Overall ranking: #87, between Mary Poppins and Spirited Away.