“Forced” Movie #2 -The Guard (2011)

This is the second of 12 films that I was “forced” to watch by my fellow bloggers who participated in my Blogiversary Contest last month.  This movie was chosen by Kira.  Tnx for the suggestion.  Let’s see what I thought of it….

guard_ver3“I’m Irish. Racism is part of my culture.” –  Sergeant Gerry Boyle

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 May 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A small town Irish policeman tries to keep order while investigating cases involving a murder, a missing policeman and a drug smuggling operation. All this while being teamed up with a visiting FBI agent.

My Take on it – I’m not usually the biggest fan of low budget British films, so I have avoided seeing this one for years.

I am so glad tho that I finally was forced to watch this because it was done so well.

The characters are created extremely well and Brendan Gleeson does a superb job making the main character so likeable despite his eccentricities, his foul mouth and demeanor and his obvious love for being a grump.

The story itself seems to be a simple whodunit, but they did a great job adding in lots of twists and turns to make it even more enjoyable to watch it all unfold.

Don Cheadle is great as the by the book fish out of water FBI agent.

Not what I expected at all and am quite glad I finally saw this one.

Bottom Line – Liked this a lot mostly because of the main character. Gleeson does a great job creating the character and despite being a grump, still comes off extremely likeable. The story feels simple but is handled perfectly that it is quite enjoyable to watch unfold. Cheadle handles his own against Gleeson and is perfect as the by the book FBI agent. Not what I expected at all. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The “Fat Man” who Sergeant Boyle quotes in the bar is Sydney Greenstreet in The Maltese Falcon (1941). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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