Many of the films about the Irish Republican Army -- including Bloody Sunday
, In the Name of the Father
, and Michael Collins
-- present the group in a sympathetic light, but Fifty Dead Men Walking
is far less kind in its approach. Kari Skogland's thriller begins in the late '90s, with ex-IRA informant Martin McGartland (Jim Sturgess, 21
) being shot repeatedly while hiding out in Canada. The movie rewinds to the 1980s, and the IRA's tactics are soon revealed as the reason for Martin's switch to informant. The film shows the terrorists' torture of their enemies in unflinching detail; at times, this is a gritty, violent movie that isn'...