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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Jim Sturgess
Sir Ben Kingsley
Nathalie Press
Kevin Zegers
Directors
Kari Skogland
Screenwriters
Kari Skogland
Running Time
117 minutes

50 Dead Men Walking
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50 Dead Men Walking

Plot
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.


Verdict
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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