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It is a very well made film. The charaters are well played, interesting and believable. The plot moves along at a good pace and is accurate and riveting.
I can't exactly call it "entertaining" because of the subject matter, but it is indeed a film every American should see. This is far scarier than any horror flick I've ever seen..... This could actually happen as portrayed....
Much of the film reminds me of the compelling 1998 drama "The Siege." However, that film featured big Hollywood stars, necessitating "big dramatic moments" for them to show how well they can emote. There is none of that here.
The performances are uniformly excellent, but there is no lead, and there are no big character moments. We just get a serious look at a fictional attack on The City, London's financial district, from the point of view of the security services, the firemen, the government and the terrorists themselves, who are not portrayed as monsters but as focused, intelligent men with horiffic goals.
The DVD features a great commentary track with the director and his co-writer. Instead of just saying how brilliant each actor is or describing what is happening on screen, as if for the blind, like so many of these tracks, the two of them offer a wealth of information about the making of the film, and their thorough research into the topic. They give a real sense of why they felt a fictional approach was best. It's nearly as good as the film and a worthwhile addition.
It's just a pity HBO didn't include the BBC News discussion special which aired immediately after the film in the UK, "Dirty War: Your Questions Answered." It was much like the special episode of Nightline that aired after "The Day After" in 1983, in which various officials and other commentators debated about the film.
Still, this disc is highly recommended.
The story begins when Scotland Yard learns from a number of sources that terrorists and materials used in radioactive weapons have entered Great Britain. The race is on for undercover detectives and terrorism experts (Ewan Stewart, Martin Savage and Koel Purie) to find and capture the terrorists before they can detonate one of their devices. Meanwhile, firefighter Murray Corrigan (Alastair Galbraith) is tired of putting up with a civil defense plan that will only be too little, too late. For example, there are not enough contamination suits and nobody can stand to be in one long enough to do even a fraction of what they are supposed to do. Practice drills might be good for propaganda purposes for the public, but the people who have to do these jobs are only getting discouraged, fearful, and angry.Read more ›
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Very real and informative account of what can happen when a dirty bomb goes off. I would recommend this movie because it may give you pause and think twice about loading up on... Read morePublished 4 months ago by CPH
I referenced this while teaching part of our local WMD class in CERT - Community Emergency Response Team. Need one say more?Published 12 months ago by Jeffery W. Turner
I wouldn't say this is is a great movie in the context of what that term means, but it is good and well-acted, and I find myself drawn to it. It is British, a huge plus for me. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jane Austen
Dirty War offers a fictional, but chillingly realistic anatomy of a "dirty" bomb attack on London. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by lydia03