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2.0 out of 5 stars Utterly pathos free, 16 Jun 2013
This review is from: The General [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
Brendan Gleason is a fine actor, however in Martin Boorman's movie version of the life of misbegotten Irish gangster Martin `The General' Cahill, it is ironic that the character he plays is completely `boor-ish' and utterly free from any charm, wit or redeeming features. In the style of many so-called `anti-heroes' over the years, we're presumably meant to see Cahill as a misunderstood Robin Hood-esque character, however there was not one moment during this condensed account of his squalid and ultimately ill-fated life that I felt anything for the character or the man; with his utter contempt for the people he robbed, tortured or caused to lose their jobs through his own greed and amoral attitude, his personal indulgences such as keeping his wife's sister as a live-in mistress, and his hypocritical demeanour he just came across as an avaricious gob-shite with a Messiah complex. Whether this is the responsibility of the director, or an accurate account of Cahill's ways, this is a film I wouldn't waste my time on again.
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