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  • Summary: In the 1980s when the Irish civil conflict was at its most treacherous, 22 year old Martin McGartland 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. (Brightlight Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Doris Toumarkine
    90
    The decibels, energy and overall quality are high in writer-director Kari Skogland's Fifty Dead Men Walking, her supremely well-made, highly stylized, graphic tale of Northern Ireland's "Troubles" in the late 1980s.
  2. Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe) makes a believable cocky lad who signs on for the con; an oddly bewigged Ben Kingsley is fussier and too actorly as his handler.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    A classic about the Irish "troubles." Despite the unavoidably convoluted facts of the real-life story, pic boasts plausibly written, solidly acted characters and a conflict that pushes the viewer's righteous-indignation buttons.
  4. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    60
    Think Donnie Brasco, with the IRA instead of the Mafia. Jim Sturgess dominates with a star-making turn, although some stylistic slip-ups let him down a little.
  5. 40
    Finally, at the risk of seeming provincial, why is it OK that some Canadian has made a movie set in Ireland with no Irish people among the principal cast?
  6. 20
    Kari Skogland’s flashy yet dead-on-arrival drama turns Belfast’s backstreet battlefields into music-video backgrounds.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Feb 23, 2011
    6
    First Off The Acting Is VERY Good, But The Writing And Plot Are Really Really Bad, And Uncreative..
    I Didnt Find This Even "Cool"
    The Acting
    Makes Up The Higher Point Of The Review...
    Thats All I Can Say...
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