Directed by Ken Loach
Written by Ken Loach and Paul Laverty
On general release nationwide from March 18th, 2011
The backdrop to this movie is the conflict in Iraq, but it is best described
as a murder mystery. A former soldier-turned-private contractor can't
accept that his lifelong friend was just in the "wrong place, wrong
time" and he sets about discovering the truth and the lengths people
in power go to, to cover up atrocities committed by those who are answerable
Liverpool is the setting, and is well-represented both by cast and locations.
Mark Womack, probably best known for cop drama television series Liverpool
One is superb as brooding Fergus, who is unable to put the war and everything
he has experienced behind him but carries it inside, and is like a powder
keg waiting to explode as the story unfolds and he wreaks revenge. Comedian
John Bishop, in his first movie, plays the jovial Frankie and certainly
reveals a side that we haven't seen before. Special mention goes to Craig
Lundberg, a former soldier blinded in Iraq in 2007, who makes his acting
debut and brings great authenticity and warmth of character to his role.
This movie is up to Ken Loach's usual high standards. Thought-provoking
narrative exposes the futility of war and the way it is exploited by Big
Business, with people as a commodity that will be disposed of without
ceremony if they get in the way of profit.
(who plays the translator in the film)