Unlike film classics involving Ireland's tragic political squeezeplay, from THE INFORMER (1935) through IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (1993), THE INFORMANT (1998) lacks poetry, suspense, or illuminating discourse. It's just a made-for-cable action movie with a better pedigree than most.
1983. After five years in a British jail, burnt-out Irish patriot Gingy McAnally (Anthony Brophy) reluctantly agrees when the IRA coerces him into assassinating a judge. He is quickly apprehended, and becomes a political pawn for investigating officer Rennie (Timothy Dalton), who despises
extremists and uses torture to break down Gingy.
When Gingy unexpectedly bonds with a symp...