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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.


Ken Loach


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


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.


Action | Drama | Thriller | War


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Release Date:

16 March 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Halál sugárút See more »

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Craig is played by Craig Lundberg, a real life war vet. His part was written into the screenplay when Ken Loach and his writer Paul Laverty were conducting research for the film and they came across him. See more »


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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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 15 March 2011 (2011) See more »

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A solid independent feature film about modern war set in Iraq from a surprisingly overlooked and unique angle*
27 June 2011 | by web-accsSee all my reviews

In contrast to the most successful war or Iraq war film this century so far..

I remember going to see 'The Hurt Locker' with high hopes because I had been sold on the hype, it had a female director tipped to win awards and I really liked what she(K.Bigalow) did years before with 'Point Break' a fun(and sometimes funny for the wrong reasons) crime caper.

After the credits rolled I was in two minds(similar to when I first saw 'Point Break') because I appreciated the technical aspects of the film but something seemed to be missing... My big problem became clear when I overheard people talking on the way out. In particular, I heard two teenagers summary comments to each other, that it was 'pretty good','a bit of fun' and 'there were some really good special effects and action sequences' which to me, is a summary of what most people said to me to date about the film.

No one seemed to care that they had for the purpose of entertainment just sat, popcorn in hand, and watched a film about a war that was still ongoing outside the cinema(albeit five thousand miles away) at the same time...

So, I left the cinema feeling like Walt Disney had final cut on the production and it was financed by Haliburton and McDonalds etc. I was in a state of mild mental shock... Sickened, disgusted and annoyed with the world, to be more precise...

Anyway, I am generally interested in 'facts' and the 'details' of what is going on around me and why things happen the way they do. Cinema for me is not about entertainment. Going to the 'movies' to be entertained, escapism etc. is fine. I do it but it's a different experience. If I go to see a film about a current war I would expect it to say something meaningful.

So for me, the Hurt Locker is the benchmark epitome of total bullshit filmmaking in the 21st century and so offensive(even just in it's inception alone) on so many levels that I really wouldn't know where to start or finish for fear of ranting into oblivion...

Anyway, I have seen many documentaries, read many articles watched endless news footage, reports and interviews on the current War(S) in the middle east and I'm still not 100% sure what is actually going on.

One thing that I do know for sure though, is that all other feature length films related to the Iraq War in the past decade(apart from a few documentaries) portray the allied forces as the victims and all are dedicated to their military forces... WTF is that all about...?

Everything in the 'Route Irish' story by K.Loach, although fictional with use of some artistic license, has happened in real life!... It will also continue to happen again as a matter of fact...

If you want escapism and have to be entertained all the time then you know where to go for your fix.

Some people are still rolling out the same old polemic argument about Loach/'Route Irish' that he/the film is lefty, over-long, boring, preachy, flawed in acting,writing,direction and it sometimes looks like it was made for 50 quid. etc. etc. ...But we must appreciate him, social justice, national treasure etc. etc.


Trust me, the film is not perfect by any means but see it for yourself because those people are idiots...

-If you are one of them you can stick it in your Hurt Locker...



The '...unique angle*' being the people who are the real victims and the people who are really responsible...


'Cold Hard Reality is always so boring and difficult to watch.....' -Another complete idiot.

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