Route Irish

Route Irish
  • 2010
  • UK / France / Italy / Belgium / Spain
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ken Loach
  • Written by: Paul Laverty
  • Cast: Mark Womack, Andrea Lowe, John Bishop

Dark tale of a British soldier's descent into brutality after his tour of duty in Iraq. Womack's portrayal of a broken man simmering with pain, rage and combat stress, hellbent on finding the truth no matter what is a devastating one but he is let down slightly by some less than compelling performances around him. By asking some tough questions about morality during wartime and with their hearts and minds solidly in place, it's hard not to back Loach and (writer) Paul Laverty to the hilt.

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Ken Loach's Route Irish doesn't shy away from asking some tough questions

10 Mar 20113 stars

Mark Womack and John Bishop in Paul Laverty-penned Iraq drama

(15) 104min You can almost feel Ken Loach and Paul Laverty bracing themselves for another critical onslaught by the establishment. It happened to the director/screenwriter duo with their Irish civil war drama The Wind that Shakes the Barley, and it’s…

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