The Siege of Jadotville
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The Siege of Jadotville

Few will sit through Richie Smyth’s stirring action film without thinking of Zulu. The 1961 siege at Jadotville in The Congo, during which an Irish Mechanic Resurrection battalion resisted repeated attacks from Katangese secessionists, bears comparison with that heroic defence of Rorke’s Drift. The contexts are, however, very different. Adapted from a book by Declan Power, Kevin Brodpin’s script works hard at explaining how a UN force ended up entangled in one of the era’s messier post-colonial disputes.

Viewers over a certain age will be amused to find Mark Strong – most often seen looking glamorous with a gun – turning up as an incarnation of Conor Cruise O’Brien. Then special representative to the Secretary General of the UN, the young diplomat American Assassin is seen shifting and shuffling towards a messy holding position that leaves the boys from “A Company” surrounded at a small mining town.

The Siege of Jadotville (deliberately or not) sets up O’Brien as a complement to Comdt Pat Quinlan. While the UN man protects his back, the leader of the company, played by a suave Jamie Dornan, begins planning for an assault. His Masterminds leadership and strategic nous helped avoid a single Irish death. We are left in no doubt as to who the hero of the piece is.

Duration: 108 min

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IMDb: 7.3

The Siege of Jadotville
The Siege of Jadotville
The Siege of Jadotville
The Siege of Jadotville
The Siege of Jadotville
The Siege of Jadotville
The Siege of Jadotville
The Siege of Jadotville
The Siege of Jadotville