Ramor Film Club presents
The thriller chronicles the mass break-out in 1983 of 38 prisoners from the Maze high security prison in Northern Ireland. The film focuses on Larry Marley (Love/Hate’s Tom Vaughan-Lawlor), the chief architect of the escape, who strikes up a complex friendship with Gordon (Barry Ward), a prison warden.
Stephen Burke’s film works as a tense, exciting drama – there’s plenty of twists, scheming and unlikely allegiances as the inmates put together a complex, risky plan. But this also is a powerful piece of historical storytelling, highlighting the complex morality of the Troubles and exploring the motivations & beliefs of the various factions who have to live or work in the prison. Vaughan-Lawlor and Ward both do a superb job here.
The Maze escape remains one of the most dramatic chapters in modern Irish & British history. This confident, accomplished film does the story justice.
Starring: Martin McCann, Niamh McGrady, Elva Trill, Eileen Walsh, Barry Ward, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Aaron Monaghan