The Journey

The Journey

Nick Hamm (2016)

94min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
An important car ride is imagined in this fact-based drama, where Northern Irish politicians Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall) and Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney) share a trip that will bring two bitter foes face-to-face. With much of the "action" set in the vehicle, the film relies greatly on the talent of the two passengers to keep things interesting. The two stars relish this opportunity, with Spall and Meaney taking part in some hilariously spirited verbal jousts. That's not to say the subjects are treated lightly - we are reminded almost too regularly just how important this car share really is, coming at a crucial point during the 2006 peace talks. The leads are backed up by a slightly anaemic turn from Toby Stephens as the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, and one of John Hurt's final appearances as a secret service expert. At times, the prolonged bickering can wear a bit thin, but strong, ebullient performances mean The Journey is definitely worth taking.

Cast & Crew

Ian Paisley Timothy Spall
Martin McGuinness Colm Meaney
Tony Blair Toby Stephens
Harry Patterson John Hurt
Jack Freddie Highmore
Kate Elgar Catherine McCormack
Rory McBride Ian McIlhinney
Gerry Adams Ian Beattie
Ian Paisley Jr Barry Ward
Mary Lou McDonald Kristy Robinson
Director Nick Hamm
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Shear EntertainmentGuidance: Swearing.Released on: 5 May 2017