Belfast, 1987. Whippersnapper Martin McGartland (Sturgess) is recruited by English copper ‘Fergus’ (Kingsley) to infiltrate the IRA and act as a ‘tout’, or informer. As McGartland moves up the chain of command, the stakes get higher — and his exit strategy becomes harder to plan.
Think Donnie Brasco, with the IRA instead of the Mafia. Jim Sturgess dominates with a star-making turn, although some stylistic slip-ups let him down a little.
Reviewed by Dan Jolin
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