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Five Minutes of Heaven (5/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 90 minutes.
In 1975 in Northern
Ireland, 17-year-old Protestant
Alistair Little (Mark Davison) assassinated 19-year-old Catholic Jim
Griffin. The murder was witnessed by Jim’s 11-year-old brother, Joe
(Kevin O’Neill). The murder devastated Joe and his family who were never
able to come to grips with the brutal loss. Little was arrested,
convicted, and served only 12 years in prison for the cold-blooded
The first half hour of this film, which deals with
Little’s murder of Griffin,
is well done. Even though one knows what is going to happen, director
Oliver Hirschbiegel builds the tension slowly and believably. Little did
the deed to win his spurs with the militant Protestants who believed
that the only good Catholic was a dead Catholic.
After that, though, as grown up Little (Liam Neeson),
he has had second thoughts. Most of the last hour is concerned with
grown up Joe (James Nesbitt) as he prepares to meet Alistair in a made
for TV interview.
The murder is factual; the rest of the film is
fictional, and maybe that’s why it doesn’t work. Even though
screenwriter Guy Hibbert worked closely with the actual men, using their
words and feelings to create a fictional scenario, and even though
Nesbitt gives a gripping performance, the last hour is 30 minutes too
long. An hour of watching Joe and Alistair as on their way to the
meeting, which is to be recorded for television, is so much too long
that it eventually becomes uninvolving as it leads to its climax.
Also, even though Neeson is listed as the lead
actor, this is Nesbitt’s film. The last hour is almost entirely about
how Joe reacts to the upcoming confrontation. Neeson is just along for
the ride, and, probably, to draw people into the theater.