The Guard

Rated R 95 minutes 2011

Brendan Gleeson gleefully dominates this likable Irish comedy as Sergeant Gerry Boyle, a corrupt-but-effective rural Garda who teams up with FBI man Don Cheadle to outfox a gang of drug smugglers in contemporary County Galway. The tightly wound, bitingly scripted story is the work of writer-director John Michael McDonagh, brother of playwright-filmmaker Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), with whom JMMcD shares a jaundiced opinion of authority figures as well as a fondness for the biological angle. Cheadle’s part may have been reduced to that of a comic foil, but there’s a double handful of pithy character roles for actors Liam Cunningham, Fionnula Flanagan, Mark Strong, David Wilmot, and young Michael Og Lane as Eugene, the goofy-faced kid who shadows Sergeant Gerry and solves the case ahead of him. (96 min.)

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Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/theguard

Director: John Michael McDonagh

Producer: Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez-Marengo, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Martin McDonagh, Don Cheadle, Paul Brett, Ralph Kamp, Lenore Zerman, Tim Smith and David Nash

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Rory Keenan, Mark Strong, Fionnula Flanagan, Dominique McElligott, Sarah Greene and Katarina Cas

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