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November 19, 2017
Excellent movie! Great great acting from Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall!!
½ November 19, 2017
Excellent!!...Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney were brilliant!
November 16, 2017
While this movie is primarily conversation concerning the background for the 2006 Northern Ireland peace talks, the director and actors have made this a film with no drag or unnecessary scenes. I was surprised with the excellent dialogue, beautiful cinematography, spot-on editing and flawless direction. More than 2/3 of this movie takes place inside a limousine or inside a government office. The high quality of the acting which included Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley, Colm Meaney as Martin McGuinness, John Hurt as Harry Patterson and Freddie Highmore as Jack (the "chauffeur"), was never in doubt. While this is not a documentary, the fact that Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness became close friends after the 2006 peace talks is verifiable. Their conversations are riveting. At the beginning of the closing credits are photographs for the actual men (Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness).
½ July 18, 2017
Mc Guinness is well represented. Paisley less, despite the effort of the actor. The Big Man was too big!
½ July 17, 2017
Although restrained by it's setting, the two main actors do a great job.
July 16, 2017
Where can I see the journey
July 8, 2017
What it lacks in authenticity is more than made up for by its fictional though thoughtful debates of the issues at the heart of the Northern Ireland peace process, why it took so long to resolve and the remarkable steps it took to bring about a workable solution. Add to that the sizzling performances of Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney, and you've got a riveting series of dialogues that, in lesser hands, might easily have come off as a dry, plodding history lesson. While I usually have issues with films that take such blatant dramatic license, and even though the writing and narrative occasionally go wildly off the rails, this inventive take on this subject matter satisfies immensely without ever becoming tedious or pretentious. There's more here than many of the dismissive accounts contend, and that's worth watching -- and perhaps applying when circumstances merit.
June 20, 2017
It's politics and talks. But there's a goal for these characters, a moral that rebuilds peace, it's quite interesting throughout their trip in the movie.
June 20, 2017
This film is about finding the common ground amongst the hardest of people - one's enemies. It teaches without preaching and allows the audience to walk away hopeful that peace can be achieved by the unlikeliest of circumstances.e
½ May 8, 2017
Deeply embarrassing piece of film.
May 7, 2017
Ropey performances and a very thin plot completely ruined this film. Spall failed to capture the charismatic personality of Paisley. Yes he was a stubborn dogmatic preacher but he could hold a room, he had the most disruptive laugh (not the sneer in this performance). This plot is so far fetched it's beyond credence. This movie is crap and deserves to flop.
½ May 7, 2017
As a Peter Morgan-esque fictitious conversation between Dr. Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness as they travel from St. Andrews to Edinburgh airport during the Anglo-Irish Peace talks, it manages to capture something very real about their relationship. This conversation as imagined by writer Colin Bateman acts as the vehicle in which we come to understand the underlying philosophical basis in reality that brought these two lifelong enemies from opposing point-of-views together in a historical agreement that finally brought peace to Northern Ireland after years of strive and violence. While it is always great to see John Hurt on screen, his MI6 character serves mostly a narrative and expository function, but such slight clunkiness aside, the script is for the most part thoughtful, balanced, and often very funny, and with Colm Meaney (McGuiness) and Timothy Spall (Paisley) on top form here, they manage to avoid broad caricatures and give the characters they play genuine humanity. The film still feels made for the small screen but Nick Hamm?s direction does have the occasional flair, with his use of aerial shots (of long stretches of road depicting not only the distance they have to go but also the divide between their ideologies) to give poignancy and symbolic significance during the pauses in between scenes. A charming and engaging film that seems all the more timely in this day and age of fake news and political inelegance.
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