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Dirty War (2004)

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A terrorist group detonates a radiological dispersal device (RDD) in Central London. Due to a lack of preparation, training, and resources, chaos ensues.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gavin Abbott ...
Bomb Incident Officer 2
Joanne Adams ...
Control Officer 1
Shamshad Akhtar ...
Dean Ashton ...
RSM Officer
Commander Paul Hardwick
Kameal Nisha Bisnauthsingh ...
Louise Breckon-Richards ...
DC Vicky Loman
Press Officer
Josh Cole ...
Control Officer 2
Zoe Conway ...
TV Reporter - Liz Street
Female Doctor
Craig Crosbie ...
Radiation Expert
Fuman Dar ...
Mohammed Ibn Harrara
Liz Corrigan
Tony Dolan ...


After years of meticulous planning, a terrorist operation is reaching its final stages. The authorities have received no intelligence; they are in a race against time but don't yet know it. As the operation unfolds, we see the working lives of men and women directly affected by terrorism. Among them: a firemen worried about the increasingly dangerous conditions he and his men are expected to work under; the head of the anti-terrorist branch whose responsibility it is to protect London and a female Muslim detective brought into Scotland Yard to investigate another suspected terrorist cell. But it is too late to stop the attack. Outside Liverpool Street station suicide bombers detonate a large radiological dispersal device (RDD). The explosive blast kills scores of commuters and sends a cloud of smoke containing radioactive debris high into the morning sky. For the police, a desperate struggle to find and stop secondary attacks begins. For the fire service, the difficult and dangerous ... Written by kjwilliams1079

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24 January 2005 (USA)  »

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an effective fear atmosphere
30 July 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The film is partly a thriller and partly a public-service announcement when seeing the events through the perspectives of politicians, terrorists and of course victims. In this smart drama lessons are given about contamination and surviving chaos while meantime the backstage look at the way crisis is managed prompts viewers to distrust guardians and to be scared by assailants. The film, originally aired on BBC, gets to arouse effectively doubts on official prepareparedness. Performances are proper, understated though never terrific. The flick is just a beginning, a provocative start leading to a larger discussion but it gets to work in my opinion, giving the right thrills and causing the audience to reason and to ask itself questions.

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