“So I did come in. And, what greeted me will haunt me to the day I die. Bodies just lying everywhere. The smell, the smoke was lingering, broken glass. I couldn’t see it, I couldn’t. I had to walk away. I had to run out, I couldn’t.” – Clare Rogan
Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Aug 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary about how the massacre of 6 Irish men while watching the World Cup in 1994 is still unsolved despite the fact that the authorities have been hiding facts about the incident for decades.
My Take on it – This is a true crime investigation story that I knew nothing about before watching it.
The massacre of 6 innocent men in a pub in 1994 is described here in a very chilling and ghastly way and the fact that much of what happened before that event and following it are still answered raises many red flags along the way.
Most notably, it is still unknown for a fact who committed these murders and ultimately why they did so.
They manage to tell this story quite well and we are giving a detailed description of the political atmosphere of the time that obviously doesn’t condone any bit of what happened.
The film does a great job focusing on the quest to uncover the truth and we are given some really chilling interviews with family members of those murdered and also with some of the men who survived the attack on that evening.
We discover that so much of what happened on that fateful evening has been kept secretive over nearly 25 years and in some cases members of the authority even thwarted efforts to allow the public to receive some of the facts of the case itself.
The film has a clear stance on the events depicted and it seems as if there is a huge conspiracy theory based on the fact that so much information is covered up.
The actual fact that most of the people involved refused to take part in the film and that others couldn’t be found no matter the efforts of the film makers makes things seem even more suspicious.
Bottom Line – Chilling tale of a very ghastly event that still has many questions still unanswered, most notably, who killed these men. The story is told quite well and they do a nice job of detailing the kind of atmosphere that was prevalent in Ireland at the time. The film mostly focuses on the families and the quest to uncover why the authorities seem to have kept much of the information about the case secretive and in some cases, thwarted other efforts to let the truth out. This film’s stance on the events makes things seem like a giant conspiracy theory that based on the information here is still being covered up. The fact that most of the people involved in the cover up refused to be filmed or couldn’t be found makes things even more suspicious. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Producer Trevor Birney was arrested in 2018 on charges of violating the Official Secrets Act. Director Alex Gibney declared in a 2019 article for the New York Review of Books, “police, confronted with compelling evidence of likely suspects in a grisly mass murder, avoided reckoning with the homicides and sought instead to harass filmmakers for trying to reveal the truth”. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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