I hope to watch this tonight. Some have noted this film is a must see for anyone interested in Irish history. As a descendant of Coffeys, that would include me. The trailer looks awesome.
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.And IrishCentral.com notes:
The famine is the backdrop rather than the main theme which is just as it should be. The film would be hopelessly dark otherwise. Consider that twice as many Irish starved to death as died in the American Civil War and you get some perspective of the reality. . . . Without the Great Hunger there would hardly be an Irish America, a JFK, a Henry Ford -- all roads lead to it when seeking to understand Irish identity.