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A Cause for Troubles

"Fifty Dead Men Walking" **** (out of four): Kari Skogland's honest look at the Northern Ireland "Troubles" from both sides, where no one is entirely right or wrong and loyalties lie somewhere between a community and a cause.

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Set in 1980s Belfast, "Fifty Dead Men Walking" is inspired by the true story of Martin McGartland, who spied for the British government while rising within the ranks of the IRA (a discovered IRA informer was considered a "dead man walking.") The film takes an honest look at the conflict from both sides, where no one is entirely right or wrong. Strictly speaking, there are no heroes or villains, only human beings whose loyalties lie somewhere between a community and a cause. And, not surprisingly, some get caught in the middle. Though "caught in the middle" is a misleading expression here, since that is precisely how and where one escapes divisiveness - or tries to.

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