In the year of 1845 a terrible famine descended upon Ireland. Within a few short years, 1 in 4 of our people would be gone forever—fled to England or North America . . . or dead from starvation or fever. Irishmen who had enlisted to fight for the occupying British crown in its foreign wars returned home to find only death and destruction in every corner of the land.
Black 47 is a vigorous, stylized revenge thriller-cum-historical drama. An “Irish Braveheart” isn’t quite a fitting label, for reasons I will get into below. A top-notch neo-western, Black 47 is more an “Irish The Outlaw Josey Wales.”