I am not that much familiar with Ireland and their troubles, although I am sure, we all heard of IRA and their cause. Although this might seem as a movie that is directed towards that small portion of audience that totally understands the subject and can get all the small things that are present, it is interesting to us too. This perfect blend of dark comedy with a serious underlining story is easy to follow and understand, and with such a strong lead (Brendan Gleeson) The Guard is a movie that you don’t wanna miss. Similar to In Bruges with its gloomy atmosphere and characters, it is well constructed and executed, but it also shares a lot with a new wave of British gangster movies Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small town cop in Ireland, and in this pretty much dull environment he finds excitement in prostitutes, drugs and alcohol (my type of guy). This is his choice that does not interfere with his police work or other areas of his life. He is bitter and his jokes are offensive to almost anyone, he does not discriminate, her rips on everybody. After a dead body was found in his town occult elements, things start to complicate and later involve drug smuggling and even an FBI expert sent from USA. Through all this Gerry Boyle remains calm and calculated, with a lot of cynicism and sarcasm…

Director: John Michael McDonagh

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, Mark Strong, Katarina Cas

Fun Facts: The film’s director and writer, John Michael McDonagh, is the brother of Martin McDonagh, who had directed Gleeson in the Oscar-winning Six Shooter and the critically acclaimed In Bruges.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1540133/

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