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The Journey - 1 Star

A dull affair, despite a usually reliable cast.

During the 2006 Northern Ireland peace talks, Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuiness and Democratic Party leader Ian Paisley are forced to travel by car together.

A fictitious account of true events (yes, that’s the actual phrasing on IMDB) was never bound to be interesting. It takes an actual moment from history that changed the course of Irish politics and then fabricated a story around the alliance. If you’re going to make up that much at least give it a touch of drama. Instead the plot focuses on a lot of boring conversations with intense music and people glaring at each other. It’s a poor mans version of a political drama. The script is weak, the acting mediocre and the music contrite. Not even Timothy Spall can save this mess.

Overall it tries too hard to be something it clearly isn’t.

1 Star

Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay

Screening courtesy of Picture This!

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