A 'war on terror' thriller set in Ireland? Surprisingly, it works.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Despite trying a little too hard to be cool and edgy, this is nevertheless an entertaining thriller with a decent twist.
| Original Score: 3/5
One of the more absorbing and riveting portraits of The Troubles since 1993's In the Name of the Father.
| Original Score: 3/4
Although the ranks of great IRA films are swelling rapidly this combination of political history and mystery suspense masterwork is one of the best.
| Original Score: 8/10
Jim Sturgess makes a believable cocky lad who signs on for the con; an oddly bewigged Ben Kingsley is fussier and too actorly as his handler.
| Original Score: B
Conventional modes of representation hamper Fifty Dead Men Walking and its look at a subject that demands a fresher point of view.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A viscerally intense, gripping and character-driven thriller filled with pulse-pounding action, strong performances and stylish, gritty cinematography.
| Original Score: 8.0/10
Skogland is a crisp and efficient storyteller. She keeps the players vivid and relatively honest, and never shies away from the brutalities.
Move over Donnie Brasco. Fifty Dead Men Walking is going to put Jim Sturgess, best known for crooning in Across the Universe, on the acting map.
| Original Score: B+
Sturgess is solid and Kingsley predictably sneaky, but the atmosphere -- scurries through the Catholic/Protestant border, tense stand-offs, spontaneous riots -- is what's genuinely gripping.
Suspenseful thriller about divided loyalties and tensions of a double agent in his own home, informing on those he has known since childhood, but without political context.
| Original Score: 7/10
Impressively compact in its storytelling and visually sumptuous despite a budget of pocket-change proportions.
An action packed adventure that grows more suspenseful with each sequence.
A streamlined, adrenalized thriller that is not as deep as it would like to appear, treads a retrospective political tightrope.
| Original Score: 4/5
This is gritty storytelling where violence is a way of life and confrontation between Catholics and Protestants and police a daily occurrence.
Fifty Dead Men Walking provides another example of what happens when mediocre moviemaking meets an interesting life.
| Original Score: 2/4
What makes Fifty Dead Men work is the story's sheer moral complexity, which dares viewers to sympathize with anyone onscreen for more than a few minutes at a time.
...the filmmakers never really make us buy that this man was so averse to violence he was willing to sell out his friends - for profit mind you - to help save the British. And yet the film really works as a political thriller.
executes with appropriate energy, poignancy, and just the right balance of tension
| Original Score: 4/5
In this film, Skogland, as Kathryn Bigelow does in The Hurt Locker, demolishes the notion that women can't direct action.
| Original Score: 3.5/4