A high-octane political thriller that tackles conspiracies that led to the shift in the conservative party to Thatcherite extremism. Without recourse to action-packed sequences (although the shooting is impressive), Loach goes into the heart of the matter, which is British realpolitik without heart. Thus, the idealist cop (an excellent Cox) is eventually beaten along with the vision of emancipation from onerous yoke.
Ken Loach won the Jury Prize at Cannes 1990 doing his thing : a political and emotional film that leaves you tormented with this feeling of injustice. The explosive situation in Northern Ireland was never so well examined and this, disguised as a crime story, has a documentary feel. Loach´s camera disappears behind his story and characters (great cast as usual). No fancy directing in here but plain good writing.