Harbouring a civil war within the constraints of a chauffeured van, two political parties must humble their egos and reconcile their agendas to bring about peace in a nation they love. Northern Ireland was radically split between the Sinn Fein’s and the Democratic party that held blood feuding revolts in the early 2000’s.
Dr. Ian Paisley (Presbyterian minister played by Timothy Spall) was an outspoken protestant leader that opposed all injustice as found in the good book and religiously opposed the common reign of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland. Utilizing his voice and platform to wage war “for a cause”, many would say he had blood on his hands even though he never touched a firearm. Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), was a well-rounded political figure that relied heavily upon his wit and following to enforce a cause in which they were willing to kill and die for. Both men heavily reflecting upon the moral repercussions of their commitments, recognize the need to reconcile or see a barren wasteland develop across Ireland.
Sanctioned to meet in a gentlemen’s agreement declaring unity, the British Prime Minister and MI agents of multiple rank collaborate to see the playground bullies work it out. Bad weather leads to unforeseen circumstances and the majority of the story unravels a tense journey in the back seat of a corporate van.
Violently opposing one another with disgust, we are treated to witty dialogue that monumentally depict a historical event that unified a nation. Agreeing to disagree, but finding unity in the underlying principles of peace the nation must be unified. Disarmed with a handshake, the conflict reaches an end as two forces collide and resolve matters with agreement to work together.
A true story of peace and how it came to be. The journey will be slow to many moviegoers and the ratings reflect that it is not everyone’s cup of tea. If you appreciate witty and clever screenplays driven by true events, you will certainly love The Journey!
Rating: M Offensive language.