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Route Irish (2010)




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Celebrated British filmmaker Ken Loach explore the controversies of his nation's role in the war in Iraq in this intelligent thriller. Fergus (Mark Womack) served with distinction in a British Special Forces outfit in Iraq, and after his hitch in the Army ended, Fergus was approached by a private security firm working with civilian contractors in the war zone. Fergus wasn't interested in returning to Iraq, but when he was offered 10,000 a month for his services, he changed his mind, and persuaded his army buddy Frankie (John Bishop) to also sign on. Fergus came to regret his decision when Frankie died after hitting an improvised explosive device while traveling on Route Irish, the treacherous road between Baghdad's airport and the heavily fortified Green Zone. While attending Frankie's funeral, Fergus is approached by a woman who gives him Frankie's old cell phone, which holds a startling video of Iraqi civilians being murdered by employees of the same security firm that employed him and Frankie. Fergus believes there's a connection between the video and Frankie's death, and sets out to find it with the help of Frankie's widow Rachel (Andrea Lowe) and Harim (Talib Rasool), an Iraqi refugee. But the top men at the firm are not about to admit any wrongdoing, and uncovering what really happens proves to be a difficult and taxing process. Route Irish received its world premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama
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Mark Womack
as Fergus
John Bishop
as Frankie
Andrea Lowe
as Rachel

Critic Reviews for Route Irish

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (2)

A tougher and more genre-inspired work that we'd expect from social-realist doyen Loach.

Full Review… | March 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Although not especially revelatory, [...] Route Irish is still a success as an often troubling, occasionally thrilling and always tragic low-key drama.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | April 13, 2011
Movies for the Masses

A characteristic Loach film, a gripping conspiracy thriller not unlike Hidden Agenda, his film on the Troubles.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

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.

Full Review… | March 21, 2011

An at times gripping, at times bludgeoning tale of one man's search for truth and retribution.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
Liverpool Echo

Audience Reviews for Route Irish


Known route, but didn't wear me off.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Ken Loach brings us the British view of the Iraqi war..a topic done to death by the Americans. He mostly succeeds although it feels as though it could have been wrapped up a lot sooner in order to save us from non essential dramatic pieces.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

An utterly powerful and truly explosive edge of your seat thriller. A muscular, intense, hard-boiled, intricately plotted and well character developed movie that hits home hard. A total powerhouse of a movie that`s deeply personal, dramatic and realistic. A triumph from Director, Ken Loach. A gripping, riveting and utterly electrifying conspiracy thriller thats fast-paced, well-crafted and superbly acted. Mark Womack gives an explosive and outstanding performance. Andrea Lowe is terrific. This film is dark and extreamly good. An riveting tour de force. A must-see. A full-throttle and pulse-pounding mystery. It grabs hold of you and dose not let go until the very last frame. A brutal and hard-core experiance. Movies dont get anymore intense or riveting than this.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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