It’s incredibly exciting to watch emerging talent in movies. It usually comes in a film that’s completely flying under the radar, you manage to catch it, and then you reach that wonderful position where you get to champion artists. For a film critic, that feeling is the best, and Yann Demange’s ’71 is a film worth cheering for. The movie itself is actually grim and intense, but that’s because it’s so damn effective thanks to Demange’s brilliant direction, Gregory Burke’s script, Tat Radcliffe’s cinematography, and Chris Wyatt’s editing. And at the center is Jack O’Connell, who proves that his past success was no fluke. He’s the real deal in a movie that’s too daring for Hollywood and all the better for it.