Director Ken Loach (POOR COW, THE GAMEKEEPER) here offers a plot-heavy thriller to which his naturalistic approach is inappropriate and ineffective. As propaganda, the film is intelligently presented and scary in its implications, but as suspenseful entertainment, it is cramped and poorly
paced. The film is set in a hopelessly divided Northern Ireland where British forces continually scour cities and towns in search of IRA members. Paranoia is so rampant that the police have adopted a "shoot to kill" policy. In a land where the entire country seems to be under house arrest, a panel
of lawyers, working under the auspices of an international amnesty group, is investi...