The Guard 2011

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Sgt Gerry Boyle is a cop with a subversive sense of humour, a liking for hookers and no interest in the cocaine smuggling ring that's brought an FBI agent to his door. But when the agent disappears, his favourite hooker blackmails him and the drug traffickers try to buy him off, so Boyle decides to take control.

Starring:
Brendan Gleeson,Don Cheadle
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Comedy
Director John Michael McDonagh
Starring Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle
Supporting actors Liam Cunningham
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Aidan J. McQuade on 22 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
This may not be to everyone's taste, but if you are not upset by profuse profanity, if you don't mind coarse humour, if you appreciate a bit of moral ambiguity, and if you enjoy a dash of philosophy with your violence, then this is a movie you will love.

The film stars the great Brendan Gleeson, who has been quietly building a reputation for himself as one of the finest movie actors about, as a small town cop in Connemara, and the brilliant Don Cheedle as an FBI man arriving in Galway on the trail of a bunch of international drugs traffickers. But the whole cast is composed of some of the finest actors currently working, including Liam Cunningham, Mark Strong and Fionuala Flanagan.

At heart the film is a buddy movie about the mismatched cops Cheedle and Gleeson and in the midst of all the prickly dialogue between the two it satisfies all the expectations that one would have of such a movie with a great "shoot-em-up" ending. It also makes some nice subtle political points: in spite of the jokey xenophobia of the central character it is the foreign characters, Croatian, African and African-American who are, along with the character of Gleeson's mother, the most dignified and attractive figures portrayed; Dublin and Dubliners are the butt of many of the film's jokes, a nice counter-balance to Dubliners' tendency to treat non-"Pale" Ireland (ie the area that is not Dublin) as a lesser place.

If this film doesn't leave you with a smile on your face its difficult to know what will. Its great stuff!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Feb. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
There are countless films about maverick cops who take the law into their own hands, they are usually self-styled and sexy with no respect for authority and attract reluctant admiration by their superiors and peers. Sergeant Gerry Boyle isn't quite one of those, he's an overweight policeman from a who's disillusioned with life, his job, and breaks rule not to get the job done but because he simply doesn't care that much anymore.

Boyle is the kind of policeman who checks a corpse for money before reporting, he plays with evidence to amuse himself and stops off for a pint or two during his shift. He's a bent cop but interestingly you identify with him, his dry humour and cynicism. You get the sense that he's actually a decent guy who has seen a lot of life, concluded that it's not fair and his misdemeanours are small fry and insignificant compared to life's greater injustices - such as the death of his wife and the imminent demise of his mother. His unsubtle cavalier approach contrasts with those of the visiting FBI agent - and the two find themselves working together on the biggest case to hit the small village. Those wanting a laugh-a-minute barrage of knob-gags and jaunty jokes may be disappointed, the humour here is dark and much of it comes from the politically incorrect script. Some of the characters are over-the-top but overall the film is grounded in reality thanks to Brendon Gleeson's natural performance. The plot is nothing special, it's just a vehicle for Sgt. Boyle and it's fully justified because the film saunters along and the character is allowed to dominate, this is a film about Boyle which follows a well-tested formula without ever looking formulaic.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Maureen mcGee on 28 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Just saw this at the cinema. I laughed out loud. I appreciated the characters. I have written the first ever review of a film on this site. I will be recommending this to other people. Need I say more?
It's low budget, swears a lot, and very very non pc - but a good film none the less.
I will buy it when it's on DVD. Definitely worth watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth on 12 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Brendan Gleeson's slobbish policeman Sergeant Gerry Doyle, appears to be an embarrassment to the Galway Guarda. However, the arrival of bullish FBI agent Everett played by the excellent Don Cheadle, forces Doyle into reluctant action, and it soon becomes clear that there is much more to the seemingly one-dimensional oaf than he wants to let on.
Akin to recent movies such as In Bruges [DVD] and Seven Psychopaths [Blu-ray] [2012] [US Import], The Guard is a comedy of the blackest hue, and easily merits its 18 certificate. However, it's well worth seeing for Gleeson's performance alone, and with strong support from Cheadle, and the likes of Mark Strong as a bullet-headed drugs smuggler, this is a delight from start, to surprising finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 May 2014
Format: DVD
I heard the great Irish actor Brendan Gleeson the other day talking about how few and far between 'worthwhile' (and interesting) film roles are in today's modern cinema. Whilst I am sure there is much truth in what Gleeson says (I never cease to be amazed when having to sit through typically inane multiplex trailers) it does seem that, with 2009's In Bruges (written and directed by Martin McDonagh), and 2014's Calvary and this 2011 work (both written and directed by Martin's brother, John Michael), Gleeson, perhaps understandably given his heritage, has `struck very lucky' recently.

Here, as Connemara's most 'disreputable' cop, Sergeant Gerry Boyle, Gleeson has dispensed with the cultural pretensions of In Bruges' Ken and instead adopted many of the 'un-PC' traits of Colin Farrell's character Ray, namely - sexism, racism and even a spot of crime (drug taking and gun-running) - albeit with an underlying 'honest heart of gold'. His straight-talking approach ('I'm Irish, racism is part of my culture') dumbfounds Don Cheadle's excellent FBI agent Wendell Everett - who, in McDonagh's admittedly rather fanciful plot, has turned up on the shores of this rural backwater, looking to 'bust' a $500m drugs gang. Plot extravagances aside, however, McDonagh's film is (for the most part) an hilariously dark comedy, with a razor sharp script, peppered with moments of fast-moving action and brutal violence. This latter element comes courtesy of Liam Cunningham's (another great Irish actor) eccentric (philosopher-quoting) gang-leader, Francis Sheehy-Skeffington, and his two henchmen - the equally psychotic Clive Cornell and Liam O'Leary, played with great venom and dark humour by (respectively) Mark Strong and David Wilmot.
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