Route Irish (2010)
Average Rating: 5.8/10
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A tougher and more genre-inspired work that we'd expect from social-realist doyen Loach.
Although not especially revelatory, [...] Route Irish is still a success as an often troubling, occasionally thrilling and always tragic low-key drama.
A characteristic Loach film, a gripping conspiracy thriller not unlike Hidden Agenda, his film on the Troubles.
The amateur-hour acting and melodramatic, cop-out ending expose Loach's faux attempts at realism to be as phoney as anything produced in Hollywood.
An at times gripping, at times bludgeoning tale of one man's search for truth and retribution.
You don't expect Ken Loach to make thrillers, but this one is an angry and relevant film about the perfidies embedded in the Iraq conflict.
Route Irish is a didactic thriller about the Iraq war, with wearisomely predictable villains and a profoundly unsympathetic hero.
The film isn't a write-off, because Loach's simmering rage gives it a sporadic rawness and voltage. Sadly, it also clouds his vision.
Emotionally engaging and superbly acted, this is a gripping, powerfully relevant and impressively directed British thriller that unfolds like a disturbingly dark detective story.
The latest collaboration between veteran British director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty has a disappointingly routine well-worn thriller plot but they deliver it with a welcome layer of moral complexity in the end.
A minor Loach work - yet there are powerful moments and valuable insights.
Loach can never be accused of ducking issues, but this is a case of a powerful story being slightly marred in the telling.
The faster it runs, the shallower this Liverpool-set story, scripted by Loach regular Paul Laverty, becomes.
Route Irish includes some grippingly grim scenes, especially when Fergus waterboards a soldier to force him to reveal what happened.
Loach's habit of filling out his cast with unknown faces resulting in some unconvincing scenes. But they don't detract from the righteous anger of regular collaborator Laverty's script...
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