Danny Flynn (Daniel Day-Lewis), a promising Irish boxer who was imprisoned for 14 years at age 18 for associating with the IRA, returns to his Belfast neighborhood just as IRA leader Joe Hamill (Brian Cox) is trying to negotiate peace with the British. Despite wanting to return to boxing and stay out of trouble, Danny is drawn back into turmoil when he reunites with old girlfriend Maggie (Emily Watson), who’s married to an imprisoned IRA man.
Its a good political drama set in Ireland against the backdrop of the clash between the Protestants and Catholics and the IRA bombings. It also has a boxing story and a love story.
The movie is directed by Jim Sheridan who also directed In the Name of the Father and My Left Foot starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Daniel Day-Lewis is excellent as usual. Brian Cox was very good. Emily Watson, Ken Stott, Gerard McSorley were all good.
Moved by the pleas of a doctor and international humanitarian, wealthy socialite Sarah joins him in Ethiopia to help suffering people and romance ensues. Sarah returns home to her husband, but reunites with Nick over time in various exotic locations.
The movie started off well as a social drama about Doctors helping the poor in Ethiopia against the backdrop of war but then it ultimately turned into a stupid love story. It also had a subplot of CIA and gun trafficking and United Nations angle in the middle.
Clive Owen was good as a doctor but his character being constantly rude to Sarah in the initial scenes did not come across as good. Angelina Jolie was ok but her character was quite badly written. She listens to Nick’s plea for help and goes to Ethiopia but is mostly seen helping only one woman and her kid. She is then in United Nations and in one scene she becomes Lara Croft when she starts kicking Clive Owen. Noah Emmerich was good.Tags: Angelina Jolie Beyond Borders Brian Cox Clive Owen Daniel Day-Lewis Emily Watson Exclusive Jim Sheridan Member Reviews Movies You Watched This Month Movies You Watched This Week Reviews The Boxer