Written by Nikki Baughan Tuesday, 17 March 2009 00:00
Based on the shocking true story of Martin McGartland, Fifty Dead Men Walking has been stunning critics on the festival circuit and should do the same to audiences when it opens in cinemas on April 10, 2009.
McGartland (played by 21 star Jim Sturgess) was just 22 when he was recruited by the British police to infiltrate and spy on the IRA in West Belfast. It was in the 1980s, when the Irish conflict was at its peak, and - despite the huge threat it posed - McGartland went undercover because he knew his information would save many lives. Keeping his double a life a secret from his friends and family, as well as girlfriend Laura (Natalie Press), McGartland began to enjoy his new position of power...
All went well until the unthinkable happened and he was discovered. Captured and brutally tortured by the IRA, McGartland was able to escape but - knowing he has put his family in the firing line - was forced to make a difficult decision... Based on McGartland's own memoirs, this promised to be a compelling, real-life drama, bringing back violent, important memories of a tumultuous time in Ireland's history.
Fifty Dead Men Walking also stars Ben Kingsley, Rose McGowan, Kevin Zegers and Tom Collins, and is directed by Kari Skogland (The Stone Angel). You'll find the trailer below.