The Journey (2017)
Critic Consensus: The Journey's narrative deficiencies undermine a powerful fact-based story, but those problems are often offset by solid work from Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall.
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"The Journey" has fun playing make believe, but its execution cheapens history and distills fundamental ideological differences into treacly teachable moments.
With precious cargo like Spall and Meaney to transport, even Freddie Highmore behind the wheel - and the occasional narrative detour - didn't give sufficient cause to incite road rage.
The bit of MI-5 chicanery behind the whole plot is a tad silly, but the sparring of Spall and Meaney is just worth the 94-minute investment.
The dialogue swings between quick and banal as the chipper McGuinness tries to crack the self-righteous stoic (Spall is brilliant) Paisley.
Every element of the movie feels fabricated, from the stilted conversation to the all-too-convenient obstacles the movie keeps throwing in the path of progress, including a flat tire, an empty gas tank and an implausible detour to a church.
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