Fifty Dead Men Walking
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Loosely based on the remarkable true story of the British undercover agent who successfully infiltrated the IRA, writer/director Kari Skogland's thriller takes its title from author Martin McGartland's best-selling book of the same name. Set at the absolute height of the Irish civil conflict, Fifty Dead Men Walking begins as 22-year-old Martin McGartland is recruited by the British police to infiltrate the IRA and report back with intelligence. It's an extremely dangerous job that could result in death or worse should his true identity be revealed, yet McGartland realizes that the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"A streamlined, adrenalized thriller that is not as deep as it would like to appear, treads a retrospective political tightrope."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A 'war on terror' thriller set in Ireland? Surprisingly, it works."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"Although the ranks of great IRA films are swelling rapidly this combination of political history and mystery suspense masterwork is one of the best."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Move over Donnie Brasco. Fifty Dead Men Walking is going to put Jim Sturgess, best known for crooning in Across the Universe, on the acting map."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Skogland is a crisp and efficient storyteller. She keeps the players vivid and relatively honest, and never shies away from the brutalities."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Fifty Dead Men Walking provides another example of what happens when mediocre moviemaking meets an interesting life."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Despite trying a little too hard to be cool and edgy, this is nevertheless an entertaining thriller with a decent twist."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Conventional modes of representation hamper Fifty Dead Men Walking and its look at a subject that demands a fresher point of view."
‑ Robert Levin, Film School Rejects
"Suspenseful thriller about divided loyalties and tensions of a double agent in his own home, informing on those he has known since childhood, but without political context."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"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
"In this film, Skogland, as Kathryn Bigelow does in The Hurt Locker, demolishes the notion that women can't direct action."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of the more absorbing and riveting portraits of The Troubles since 1993's In the Name of the Father."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"A viscerally intense, gripping and character-driven thriller filled with pulse-pounding action, strong performances and stylish, gritty cinematography."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Impressively compact in its storytelling and visually sumptuous despite a budget of pocket-change proportions."
‑ Ryan Stewart, Slant Magazine
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