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Route Irish (2010)

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The story of a private security contractor in Iraq who rejected the official explanation of his friend's death and sets out to discover the truth.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Womack ... Fergus
Andrea Lowe ... Rachel
John Bishop ... Frankie
Geoff Bell ... Alex Walker
Jack Fortune Jack Fortune ... Haynes
Talib Rasool Talib Rasool ... Harim
Craig Lundberg Craig Lundberg ... Craig
Vortre Williams Vortre Williams ... Nelson (as Trevor Williams)
Russell Anderson Russell Anderson ... Tommy
Jamie Michie ... Jamie
Bradley Thompson Bradley Thompson ... Young Fergus
Daniel Foy Daniel Foy ... Young Frankie
Najwa Nimri ... Marisol
Maggie Southers Maggie Southers ... Frankie's Mother
R. David R. David ... David
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The story of a private security contractor in Iraq who rejected the official explanation of his friend's death and sets out to discover the truth.

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The most dangerous road in the world conceals an even deadlier secret.

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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English | Arabic

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16 March 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Halál sugárút See more »

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Accepted for screening only 2 days before the 2010 Cannes Film Festival opened. See more »

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Harim: This song is from Mesopotamia, uh... which means the land between the two rivers: the Tigris and the Eufrates, where the homo sapiens learned to write, to count and mark the stars, which anthropologists called the cradle of civilizations. In my dreams it might be once again.
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423rd Review: Passion overtakes Ken Loach - off-balanced but effective
27 May 2011 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Ken Loach remains the British auteur. Route Irish while definitely not his best due to the off-script ad lib workshop style remains a powerful and relevant film. It would have been made into a big Hollywood thriller in the US going all the way up to the Senate and beyond, and this is the film's strength - it focuses on squaddies - simple soldiers - no big politics here - and the film gets its impact from that.

The plot of the man whose best friend joins up because of him then dies is mysterious circumstances in Iraq is a very strong plot - more so that most Loach films.

Set in Liverpool and Iraq the filming, the settings, the language, and even, in places the acting are crude and in your face - this is not Ae Fond Kiss or even The Wind That Shakes The Barley, this is an angry Ken, a Ken saying look this matters forget subtlety - let's just get it done.

The film is carried by Mark Womack who brings both skill as an actor and improviser and an unknown raw almost out of control energy that carries the themes and give the film its power.

All in all, while not Loach's best in terms of film, this should be his most powerful and relevant, but by opting for a crude and broad approach instead of some subtle in with the barrage - left this viewer numbed - some space and silences (Like all over Loach films have had magnificently) would have helped perhaps.

A visceral film but one that overpowers the viewer's emotions too much, one that while still very powerful doesn't linger as other Loach films have.


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