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DVD Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS:  117 minutes, audio commentary, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes reel, theatrical trailer
VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, Spanish
STUDIO:  Phase 4 Films/ Future Films/ Brightlight Pictures/ Altitude Entertainment/ SBK Pictures Limited/ Hand Made Films/ Running Man Productions
RELEASE DATE:  1-5-2009

Martin (JIm Sturgess) is a street hustler in Belfast, Ireland.  The police get Martin to inflitrate the IRA and report back to them.  Martin becomes conflicted even though he tries to trust his handler Fregus (Ben Kingsley).   He gets sucked into the power of IRA as he rises through the ranks.   Fergus is trying to protect Martin regardless of the British government's plans.

50 DEAD MEN WALKING is based on a true story.  It shows another part of the complicated story of the IRA and the struggle in Northern Ireland between the British and IRA.  50 DEAD MEN WALKING is torwards the end of the conflict.  I understand the IRA's feelings, but I don't like their actions.   Violence isn't an answer.  Martin wanted to help save his friends and family from a bloody conflict that had many victims.   The IRA started out with noble goals only to turn into terrorists.   The film tells a story about a guy trying to survive in a conflict he doesn't like.   The film isn't a masterpiece, but the direction and acting help sell the story.  Ben Kingsley can sell any chaarcter he plays and jIm Sturgess is an actor that continues to do good work (whther the film is good or bad).  I just wish they could have written a better conclusion.

An audio commentary is on the disc and the theatrical trailer.  The deleted scenes includes bits cut for pacing even though the walk by water scene is pretty cool looking.  The behind-the-scenes footage reel is boring to watch and could have been better if they cut it togetehr with interviews and audio commentary.
FINAL ANALYSIS:  50 DEAD MEN WALKING is worth a rental.
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