The Guard

A small town policeman in Ireland is joined by a an FBI agent in search of a large drug shipment. While the American is professional, and polite, the Irish Garda is anything but. Together they must find a way to work together against the mounting odds.

Starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, The Guard is a fish out of water story injected with the humour and character that only the Irish can bring. Having a black FBI agent in southern Ireland provides an excellent straight man to most of the Irish in the movie. Cheadle is wonderful as the straight laced FBI agent Wendell Everett who struggles to make headway in the small town.

As good as Cheadle is, Gleeson is a truly memorable character whose various personal predilections turns a good movie into a wonderful one. Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a laid back small town policeman who looks after things in his own calm way. If there was any justice in the world, Boyle would be the lead character in an Irish made television show. It would have to remain Irish made to resist the style being ruined by outsiders. The show would probably rival Father Ted in popularity.

The movie does tend to play up some of the stereotypes of the Irish, but mostly positive ones. In some ways, the style of the movie reflects movies of an earlier era. The way that some of the lead characters interact with each other just adds to the feel of movie. There is a fair amount of swearing but it doesn’t alter the enjoyment at all. The Guard is one of those movies that probably passed you by but is one you need to make the effort to watch it. It will put a smile on your face.

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