The Siege of Jadotville - Review
In September 1961, approximately 150 Irish soldiers were stationed in Jadotville in the Congo as part of a UN peacekeeping force. They were attacked by over 3000 mercenaries and fought for 6 days despite the overwhelming odds.
Sound familiar? Probably not, right. That's because it was 'swept under the rug' due to the political implications at the time and the soldiers carrying out their orders were branded as cowards.
The Siege of Jadtville is a Netflix Original by first time director Richie Smyth and stars Jamie Dornan.
The story explores the shocking complications of these Irish soldiers' forgotten battle. While the pacing creates tension long before any bullets fly there is also a sense of immediacy that permeates every scene as calls to the UN for backup go unanswered.
The movie doesn't seek to explore or examine the political forces involved and raises questions about whether the Irish troops were just a pawn on a chessboard. What The Siege of Jadotville lacks in clarity it makes up for with its passion and emotional impact.
The Siege of Jadotville is a fitting tribute to the extraordinary courage and heroism shown by the 35th Battalion 'A' Company, and for that the movie deserves a salute.
The Siege of Jadotville | Official Trailer
The Siege of Jadotville is an excellent movie and true story that pays homage to the Irish soldiers that history tried to forget.
- Great direction by new comer Richie Smyth
- Jamie Dornan as Commandant Quinlan
- Lots of great combat sequences - especially those sniper shots!
- Lightly educational / informative - you'll find yourself reading Wiki pages long after the movie ends
- Felt a little rushed at the end - This could easily have been a three part movie like The Night Manager
- Apart from Commandant Quinlan the rest of the Irish army feels largely faceless