Movie Review – Black ’47 (2018)

Black ‘47, 2018.

Directed by Lance Daly.

Starring Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea, James Frecheville, Freddie Fox, Barry Keoghan, Moe Dunford, and Sarah Greene.


Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he is shocked by the famine’s destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family.

Black ’47 could be described as a revenge thriller or a famine-era drama. But I think the genre that best defines this movie is Irish Western.

Set in 1847, during the Irish famine, Black ’47 tells the story of Feeney (James Frecheville) as he hunts down those responsible for the death of his family. Meanwhile, Hannah (Hugo Weaving) a disgraced British enforcer, is given the opportunity to redeem himself by hunting down Feeney.
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