In the words of Gerry Adams, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The IRA arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t terroristsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦they are freedom fightersÃ¢â‚¬Â.
This is the explanation that most IRA volunteers would leave the general Irish public to believe, back during the heightened times of Ã¢â‚¬Å“the troublesÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fifty Dead Men walkingÃ¢â‚¬Â begins in 1988, in the setting of a strong republican community, where the Catholics are both, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœunemployed and angryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
The opening scene sees IRA informant Martin McGartland (Jim Sturgess), being riddled with bullets. Furthermore, the picture is set for a flash back-story conveying the build up to this very moment.
The leader of the British Special Branch, Fergus (Ben Kingsley), targets 22-year-old Martin, a local street hustler, to become an IRA informant.
He approaches Martin numerous times, until he finally cracks and joins the opposition as a secret mole.
Martin also appears a perfect recruit for the Provisional IRA and they make him an offer of joining their Ã¢â‚¬Å“armyÃ¢â‚¬Â, which he instantly declines. After all, he had just witnessed the knee- capping of Frankie, a young potential professional footballer. The IRA performed this sick act because Frankie was caught stealing, another prime example of their vigilante status.
Martin goes to visit Frankie, meets his sister Lara (Natalie Press) and Lara impressed by the show and the car agrees to go on a date with him. They court for a short while, although it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take long until Lara and Martin become a couple.
Soon after Martin does, what most of the young Catholic boys at that time do and joins the dark side, but is it part of his bigger plan? He becomes a personal driver for IRA gang leader Mickey Adams (Tom Collins). Martin enjoys the freedom of owning a car, so when Fergus approaches Martin again offering him a new car and some money, Martin finally accepts, in turn for some minor IRA information.
As he works for both sides, Martin witnesses and endures a torrent of torture, bombings and murder from all, and is never sure who to trust.
Can he trust Fergus, who has become a mentor type for him throughout his time of two- sided betrayal, or the word of the disillusioned Ã¢â‚¬Å“freedom fightersÃ¢â‚¬Â?
by Audrey Mulholland