In this lovely little comedy set in Ireland, Brendan Gleeson plays an unorthodox rural garda (policeman) who has to team up with an FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to catch some international criminals. The mismatching of these two coppers from very different backgrounds makes for a funny and warm movie with a tiny bit of action thrown in.
Wonderful Cinema would ask you to watch out for unrealistic expectations before watching The Guard. In our opinion, marketing campaigns making bold statements such as “A Raucous Comedy!” only serve to prepare the consumer for disappointment. This is a thoroughly entertaining film but crying with laughter for 96 minutes you will not.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Title: The Guard
Direction: John Michael McDonagh
Screenplay: John Michael McDonagh
Cinematography: Larry Smith
Editing: Chris Gill
Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Fionnula Flanagan, Sarah Greene, Dominique McElligott, Rory Keenan, Katarina Čas, Darren Healy, Michael Og Lane