The Navigators (2003)
Critic Reviews for The Navigators
Loach's characters speak in a sometimes difficult Yorkie accent, but they tell a story anyone can understand.
Loach has a way of capturing the offhand, unspectacular way people live, with social comedy but minus any sociology.
This is a worthwhile motion picture whose central topic will resonate with many who see it.
Though not one of Loach's strongest films, his heart is in the rightplace, and his foray into the privatization of the British Railway System and its devstating effects on its workers is still a worthy cause to champion and a worthy film to see.
Essential Loach viewing for those who still believe in the cause.
Audience Reviews for The Navigators
Appropiate portrayal of a british railworker's teams downfall which ultimately alienates their morals as well. A grim and very realistic view on contemporary British working class. Only watch this, if you are interested in sociological topics.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Navigators" takes place in 1995 when British Rail is bring privatized, the effects of which are being felt at all levels. Workers for the renamed East Midlands Infrastructure(later renamed Gilchrist Engineering) no longer have the lifetime job security and benefits they once had, and a good number are taking the redundancy offer while the going is good. Meanwhile, for the ones who are staying, there is barely enough work to go around.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Directed by Ken Loach, "The Navigators" provides an excellent case study as to why certain government operations should never be privatized and run for a profit.(Do not even think of doing this with Amtrak.) Overall, it is a disaster for everybody all around.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]The movie is political without being shrill. It captures the feeling of being underemployed perfectly. The film ends strongly enough to have an impact but we never get to know any of the characters well.[/font]
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