An uncompromising depiction of the cult of sectarian violence that has in the past created civil war in Northern Ireland, Nothing Personal is a totally riveting drama rigorously directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan.
Action is set in Belfast 20 years ago, when both sides were trying to forge a truce as a way out of the escalating bloodshed. O’Sullivan and screenwriter Daniel Mornin, working from his book All Our Fault, carefully depict the different levels of command within a Loyalist (i.e., pro-British) paramilitary group, from their bluff leader (Michael Gambon) down to members of a trigger-happy gang who bring unrelenting violence to the city streets.
This particular unit is nominally led by Kenny (James Frain), who sees himself as a soldier in the anti-IRA struggle, but the unit is effectively run by the hotheaded Ginger (Ian Hart), a fanatical bigot for whom the only good Catholic is a dead one. The fanatical Protestants are contrasted with a Catholic, Liam Kelly (John Lynch), who isn’t an IRA member and deplores the violence, trying only to make a life for himself and his two children.
This is a far superior film to O’Sullivan’s previous December Bride. The fine cast give flawless performances. Filmed on location in Dublin, pic has a totally authentic feel.