Moviescramble reviews the 2011 comedy drama The Guard.
There are usually two ways that a low-budget film from a first time director It can be a can go. It can be a bit messy with too ideas crammed into it. Or it can be worked on until it is a slick engaging film. Thankfully The Guard is in the second category. Written and Directed by John Michael McDonagh this is the tale of an unorthodox Irish Policeman, Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson), and his reluctance to get involved in basically anything that involves him having to exert himself in his job. He likes a quiet life keeping the peace in a small Irish town, spending his free time drinking, dabbling in the occasional drug and enjoying the company of one or two prostitutes at a time. The last thing he wants is to have a new colleague from the big city to break in. On top of this a FBI agent, Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) appears on the hunt for international dug dealers. Right from the first meeting Boyle winds up the FBI agent and the basically everybody else in the room with some choice racist comments. Due to a dead drug dealer being found in Boyle’s town and his new colleague being murdered, the two must try to work together to find where the drugs will be coming ashore. Continue reading