In this movie Ken Loach sets his sights on the privatization of war. The title comes from the Baghdad Airport Road, known as “Route Irish”. Countries may be making believe they are not involved, but when mercenaries protecting business interests are allowed to operate with no constraints are put on them, bad things can and will happen.
Things aren’t great in Liverpool, so Fergus goes to Iraq because he needs the money. The work is dangerous but the pay is good. His best friend Frankie joins him. Fergus can’t make it back for a job because he gets in a fight and has some legal problems, and Frankie gets killed.
Frankie’s death seems suspicious so Fergus investigates and founds out the Frankie was protesting the death of some civilians, so it looks like the security company took him out. The company didn’t want bad publicity because they could lose millions so killing Frankie was the expedient thing to do.
A really good movie that makes you think of the new ways that countries are protecting their economic interests without officially getting involved. Loach alos looks, as he always does, at how the native populations are victimized when the economic interests are involved.