The “other” Bloody Sunday movie made for British television to coincide with the 30th anniversary of those tragic events, “Sunday” is in every way a less impressive affair than Paul Greengrass’ Golden Bear-winning “Bloody Sunday,” and, of the two, is the more suited to the small screen. Produced for the U.K.’s Channel 4, where it premiered earlier this year, pic seems unlikely to attract the same interest of theatrical distribs as its rival production.
Skillful but far more conventionally made than “Bloody Sunday,” “Sunday” spends less time recapping the actual Bloody Sunday events and more on the grieving and the investigative tribunal that followed. To this end, it draws some fine performances, particularly from Irish actress Brid Brennan, playing the mother of one of the victims. Still, there are enough significant overlaps between the two films to make it impossible to put “Bloody Sunday” out of mind, particularly because “Sunday” employs far more propagandistic storytelling tactics to ram its points across; specifically, it offers a predictably one-sided depiction of the paratroopers, who seemingly can’t wait to get in there and shoot up some Catholics.