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Rated R · 110 minutes · 2009

Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller
A brave, feckless young Belfast hood (Jim Sturgess) infiltrates the IRA at the behest of a zealous but conscience-ridden British cop (Ben Kingsley). Freely adapted from a memoir by real-life informant Martin McGartland, this 2008 Canadian-British coproduction is a muddled, talky affair, part soap opera, part undercover police procedural. The principals never stop fretting about the ethical ambiguities of their dangerous game, though the mole is insistently portrayed as a shining hero. Director Kari Skogland starts out with a workable pseudo-doc template but then mucks it up with various stylistic tics. As usual, Kingsley gives his all, but it isn't enough.
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Director: Kari Skogland
Writer: Nicholas Davies and Martin McGartland
Producer: Stephen Hegyes
Cast: Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess, Kevin Zegers, Natalie Press, Rose McGowan, Tom Collins, William Houston, Gerard Jordan, Joe Doyle and Ali White

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