Fifty Dead Men Walking

2009-12-11 09:34

What it's about:

In the 1980s when the Irish civil conflict was at its most treacherous, 22 year old Martin McGartland (Jim Sturgess) was recruited by the British police to infiltrate and spy on the IRA. He lived his life under constant threat of exposure and subsequent guaranteed torture and death yet he continued because his information saved many lives. He enjoyed the buzz until one day he was discovered and had to escape against all odds. Inspired by a true story, to this day he is on the run.

What the critics thought:

"Jim Sturgess makes a believable cocky lad who signs on for the con; an oddly bewigged Ben Kingsley is fussier and too actorly as his handler."
-  Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"Sturgess is solid and Kingsley predictably sneaky, but the atmosphere -- scurries through the Catholic/Protestant border, tense stand-offs, spontaneous riots - is what's genuinely gripping."
-  Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

"A well-meaning and inadvertently timely attempt to tackle the Troubles, whose thriller-toned accessibility occasionally trips over cine-clichés. Meanwhile, a confident, complex Sturgess makes his strongest impression yet."
- Rob James, Total Film

"Nothing new is said but everything said is shouted, as if to convince us that yesterday’s headlines are still today’s hot news."
- Nigel Andrews, Financial Times

Based on Martin McGartland's shocking real life story.

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