R&A 11: The Guard

1 h 36 min  |  Love&Anarchy  |  Release Date: 15.9.2011

Brutal – and brutally funny – The Guard joins a growing list of darkly witty contemporary Irish gangster movies. (...) The Guard is about characters who are easy to underestimate – men who have hidden depths of knowledge and feeling, of humor and courage.

(...) Brendan Gleeson plays Sgt. Gerry Boyle, a small-town cop in rural Ireland who drinks a little too much, dabbles in drugs, is something of a bully – the ultimate big fish in a little pond. Very little fazes him – even a dead body found in both an unlikely location and with no obvious suspects. But when a second body is found, Boyle's curiosity is aroused. Though he instantly rubs the lead FBI agent, Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle), the wrong way, Boyle inserts himself into the investigation

(...) Gleeson and Cheadle have an enjoyably prickly chemistry – at once contentious and yet, grudgingly admiring. Cheadle has exceptional timing and a killer deadpan, which makes him a great foil for Gleeson's off-handed bits of verbal outrage.

(...) It's one of the summer's hidden treasures that should be sought out for its consistently knife-like wit.

-Marshall Fine, The Huffington Post


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