Film Reviews, Short Review

The Guard (2011)

2.5/4

Brendan Gleeson is a cheerfully corrupt Irish policeman somewhere in the West of Ireland, whose life gets a tad more difficult when drug smugglers led by Liam Cunningham start shifting around on his patch whilst annoyingly straight-arrow CIA man Don Cheadle turns up to help. John Michael McDonagh, who would go on to direct and write the superior Calvary, doesn’t invest his debut feature with much individuality beyond some snappy dialogue and solid performances. Certainly with Gleeson and Cheadle involved, you wouldn’t expect anything less, and they do deliver some excellent lines, even if many of them aren’t quite as funny as McDonagh seems to think. Otherwise, this is a decent, if unremarkable, crime film with a handful of solid laughs.

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