Fifty Dead Men Walking

Fifty Dead Men Walking is a crime thriller inspired by the four years that undercover agent Martin McGartland spent in deep cover with the IRA. McGartland was still in hiding at the time of the film's release, with the film's title taken from a comment that he had protected a total of fifty people during his time undercover. The film features Jim Sturgess as the role of Martin McGartland. Martin is a twenty one year old street hustler of North Ireland during the 1980's. The Irish Republican Army wants to bring him in, but he is hesitant, seeing what the IRA is capable of as nothing more than a cruel form of justice. McGartland is also courted by the British police because of his communal ties, asking him to infiltrate the IRA as a double agent. Martin agrees to work with the police after being offered cash and a car, as well as for his personal distrust of the IRA.

The IRA accepts Martin under a Volunteer position, allowing him information on various planned strikes. Martin informs his contact, Fergus, about the attacks in an effort to prevent them. Although this emboldens Martin and raises his confidence, he cannot struggles with being unable to tell his friends or family about what he does for either side. His girlfriend Lara only knows that he does some odd jobs for the IRA, which causes her worry.

During Martin's time as a double agent, the British are prepared if the IRA learn the truth, and won't rescue him if that occurs. Martin winds up being found out, and is captured and tortured by the IRA, escaping by throwing himself through a window. Fergus arranges for Martin, Lara, and their kids to live in Scotland, but Martin realizes Lisa would never feel safe. He then leaves for Canada but not before being shot by the IRA, but the wound isn't lethal.

R
| 2009 | 1 hr 57 min | 6.9/10 | 57/100
Cast
Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess, Kevin Zegers, Natalie Press
Studio
Phase 4 Films
Director
Kari Skogland
Language
English
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