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Single mother Collette McVeigh is a Republican living in Belfast with her mother and hardliner IRA brothers. When she is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA bomb plot in London, an MI5 officer (Mac) offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison for 25 years or return to Belfast to spy on her own family. With her son's life in her hands, Collette chooses to place her trust in Mac and return home, but when her brothers' secret operation is ambushed, suspicions of an informant are raised and Collette finds both herself and her family in grave danger.(c) Magnolia

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film relies on terse dialogue and boggy colors to create an atmosphere dense with anxiety -- all well handled by director James March."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"[Riseborough's] work is indrawn and riveting. It's hard to read the look in her eye, but we never stop trying."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Plays slyly with noir; adroitly twists and turns away from easy expectations in its final minutes. This thriller's got one sharp, savage ending. Marsh takes a black-eyed stare out from the gravestone-gray, waning days of the Troubles."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"By the end, the film shows not only the power of this influence but also its terrible price in an often merciless conflict."
‑ Jared Eisenstat, Film Comment Magazine
"Themes ripped from today's headlines lend "The Troubles" of Northern Ireland very tense, sobering, contemporary immediacy. . . Riseborough [is] mesmerizing at first sight."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"A respectable political/psychological suspenser, but not a wildly entertaining or enjoyable one."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This British thriller by James Marsh is a little too neatly scripted and tightly edited for my taste, but there are galvanizing performances from Andrea Riseborough... and Clive Owen."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A grim but measured and intelligent art-house slow-burner."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Despite solid performances, a slow first half takes away from this otherwise effective drama about an IRA sympathizer whose life becomes more complicated after she's coerced into spying for MI-5."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"[Director James Marsh] shows a deft hand with his actors and elicits a notable performance from [Andrea] Riseborough. The production is straightforward on all fronts and catches the bleakness hovering above Belfast under siege."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A tautly minimalist, occasionally generic study of betrayal and family ties."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"These are characters for whom true belief in a cause has probably become impossible; they know how much that costs. Marsh does a compelling job of illustrating that for the rest of us."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The acting in this film is very good. The plot is lean and powerful. It is pretty depressing, but it seems true enough in its depiction of this troubled period of history."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It's absorbing, intelligent and sad."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Marsh focuses this slowly simmering drama on more universal themes of family, betrayal and decisions that people make that are both right and wrong at the same time."
‑ Christine N. Ziemba, Paste Magazine
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