Route Irish

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 74%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 3,996


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Andrea Lowe as Rachel
Jamie Michie as Paul
John Bishop as Older Boy Sledding
Najwa Nimri as Elena
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109 min
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Reviewed by rtaron 10 / 10 / 10

Fast paced, excellent tension,sensitive, violent and thought provoking.

If you want a movie that will hold your attention and leave you feeling like you've watched a great movie, this is it. I am not a connoisseur of Ken Loach, or a movie snob, I just enjoy a movie that holds my attention. Unlike the other reviewers, I thought the characters were well-drawn and convincing. The effects used on the film itself such as graininess, washed out lomo effect, and darkness in the right places, makes this a pleasure to watch. The over-use of the f-bomb is a real factor. Men do talk exactly like that, but for a film less would have been more. The politics of the mercenary world are shown brilliantly and without any sense of preachiness or one-sidedness. Just an excellent movie.

Reviewed by gregking4 6 / 10 / 10

suffused with Loach's usual angry world view and social consciousness

A couple of years ago, Ken Loach withdrew his film Looking For Eric from MIFF in protest at the Israeli funding of the Festival, but this year he seems quite content to leave his latest film alone. Route Irish is more of a political thriller about murder, conspiracy, cover-ups, and revenge, although it is still suffused with Loach's usual angry world view and social consciousness. Written by Loach's regular collaborator Paul Laverty, Route Irish takes aim at the private security contractors who are profiting from the war in Iraq, the "cowboys" whose behaviour is not regulated by military discipline or codes of conduct. Loach doesn't pull; his punches in examining the role played by private mercenaries in the ongoing and unpopular war. Like Paul Haggis' In The Valley Of Elah this is a topical film that is critical of the war in Iraq and the murky political agendas that drive it. The title refers to that stretch of road in Iraq that runs from Baghdad airport to the allied "green zone", and which is regarded as the most dangerous road in the world. When former SAS soldier Fergus (Mark Womack, a veteran of British television) learns of the death of his best friend Frankie (stand-up comic John Bishop) caused by an IED along that road, he refuses to accept the official version. Refusing to believe that it was a simple case of "being in the wrong place at the wrong time," Fergus sets out to uncover the truth. He believes that his friend's death was a deliberate attempt to cover up a massacre of civilians by contractors. Cinematographer Chris Menges has filmed in Liverpool and Jordan, doubling for Iraq, which lends an authenticity to the material. The film is full of Loach's usual signature touches – hand held camera, naturalistic approach, seemingly ad-libbed dialogue and a scathing howl of outrage against injustice. As the central character Womack delivers an intense and angry performance, and he spends a lot of time shouting his sometimes incomprehensible dialogue. Route Irish is his most topical film for some time, and has the same sense of urgency as his earlier political thriller Hidden Agenda. While it may not be amongst Loach's best films, Route Irish is still powerful stuff!

Reviewed by ajs-10 6 / 10 / 10

Very gritty and realistic but just fails to hit the mark I'm afraid...

I have been a bit of a fan of the work of Ken Loach for a while now, ever since I saw Kes (made in 1969, but I saw it much later) and more recently Looking for Eric (2009). This one, although still good, failed to quite hit the mark (for me). There were several aspects of it that seemed incomplete. I'll tell you more after this very brief summary. Whilst working for a security firm in Iraq, in 2007, Frankie is killed. His best friend, Fergus, is devastated and feels there is something not quite right about the circumstances of his death. A former mercenary himself, he begins his own investigation. Enlisting the help of Frankie's widow, Rachel, and an Iraqi musician, Harim, he begins to piece together the events leading up to Frankie's death. I won't say any more or the Spoiler Police will be shooting at that taxi I'll be taking home on Thursday night. Oh, I should also mention, just for completeness, that 'Route Irish' is the code name used for the route between Baghdad Airport and the Green Zone. Set in Liverpool and with an extremely gritty edge to it, there are no punches pulled in this realistic drama. Of course budget constraints mean most of the action has to take place in the UK, but there is a fair bit of archive footage of events in Iraq at the time to fill the gap. Be warned though, some of it is quite graphic. As far as performances go, well, both Mark Womack as Fergus and Andrea Lowe as Rachel were excellent. A lot of the dialogue is ad-libbed and I thought they both did an excellent job! John Bishop, better known as a comedian here in the UK, plays Frankie (in flashback) and he did a pretty good job too. I thought Talib Rasool as Harim was very good as well. Over all, it just failed to hit the mark. I think I found the ending a bit of a let-down but sadly I cannot talk about it here. It did have its good points though and I did find it quite enthralling up to a point, but it was a little too long for me. It's a shame because I really wanted to like this one, but then you can't have everything I suppose. I will still deem it worthy of a viewing, but be warned of a lot of swearing and some graphic content. My Score: 6.4/10. IMDb Score: 6.3/10 (based on 1,051 votes at the time of going to press). Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73/100 (based on 26 reviews counted at the time of going to press).

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