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Route Irish (2010)


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The story of a private security contractor in Iraq who rejected the official explanation of his friend's death and sets out to discover the truth.


Documentary, Drama, Art House & International

Paul Laverty




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

March 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Although not especially revelatory, [...] Route Irish is still a success as an often troubling, occasionally thrilling and always tragic low-key drama.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Moviedex

full review at Movies for the Masses

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

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

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

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.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

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

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

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.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

An angrier film you're unlikely to see all year.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Route Irish is a didactic thriller about the Iraq war, with wearisomely predictable villains and a profoundly unsympathetic hero.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

A film that's actually about something real? Incredible, but true.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

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.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Emotionally engaging and superbly acted, this is a gripping, powerfully relevant and impressively directed British thriller that unfolds like a disturbingly dark detective story.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

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.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A minor Loach work - yet there are powerful moments and valuable insights.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Crushingly bleak anti-drama erodes your interest with every scene.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Loach can never be accused of ducking issues, but this is a case of a powerful story being slightly marred in the telling.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The faster it runs, the shallower this Liverpool-set story, scripted by Loach regular Paul Laverty, becomes.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Route Irish includes some grippingly grim scenes, especially when Fergus waterboards a soldier to force him to reveal what happened.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

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...

March 16, 2011 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

Loach's road to the truth behind the mystery is bumpy, but it's a riveting ride.

March 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for Route Irish

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.
September 16, 2012

Super Reviewer

Route Irish is regarded as the most dangerous road in the world and that is essentially where the film starts but there are many 'dangerous roads' explored in Ken Loach's gripping and uncompromising thriller. Mark Womack is full on in the lead role of Fergus, a private security contractor working in Iraq who is trying to get to the bottom of his best friends death. So many elements of human nature are explored here; friendship, regret, guilt, revenge, anger - it really has got it all. it all so touches on the unpopular issues of contractors making a lot of money in war-torn countries, the people making vast fortunes out of taking advantage of the situation and the crimes they are getting away with. It also touches on the very real and very nasty sides of war, this comes as our protagonist breaks down and confesses to the horrors he's seen in conflict but then 20 minutes later, tortures a man with the controversial Water-boarding method. Never one to shy away from controversy, Ken Loach has produced another thought-provoking and powerful film that seems to be criminally overlooked once more. And before you wonder, yes, it does star that John Bishop. He's quite good in it too!
November 23, 2011

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.
June 17, 2013
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Ken Loach certainly knows how to make a good drama. This time around he looks at a story of a contractor returning from Iraq war, dealing with both the issues of settling back to normal life but also determined to find the answers to the unexplained death of his best friend in Iraq.
September 23, 2011

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