Fifty Dead Men Walking
Our next Rialto Recommends is a film that had a blink and you missed it theatrical release in the US in 2009 after debuting at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING stars Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley, Kevin Zegers, and Rose McGowan and was directed by Kari Skogland. It's 1989, and in a Belfast torn apart by conflict and terrorism, petty criminal Marty McGartland is recruited by the British police to infiltrate the IRA. Guided by Special Forces officer 'Fergus', McGartland gains unparalleled insight into the organization's dealings, providing his British handler with priceless, life-saving information. Based on a true story. FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING is a gripping portrayal of Ireland's violent history, carried by the strong performances of its lead actors. Roger Ebert said "In this film, Skogland, as Kathryn Bigelow does in The Hurt Locker, demolishes the notion that women can't direct action." While the Los Angeles Times said "Terrific performances and an array of kinetic action scenes help distinguish FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING from the seemingly endless stream of films about Northern Ireland's infamous era of sectarian violence known as the Troubles." FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING is streaming on AmazonPrime or available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon.