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The Guard [Blu-ray + DVD]

Brendan Gleeson , Don Cheadle , John Michael McDonagh    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
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Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) of Galway is crass and abrasive and interprets the law a bit freely, all to glorious comic effect. Paired with strait-laced American FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle), Boyle seeks to solve a couple of murders and disrupt a massive drug shipment in what could have been a trashy fish-out-of-water buddy comedy--but, through a combination of sharp and witty writing, ruthlessly speedy editing, and understated but spot-on performances, The Guard is a marvel of character-based storytelling. Gleeson (28 Days Later, In Bruges) and Cheadle (Devil in a Blue Dress, Hotel Rwanda) are peerless actors, the kind who rarely star in blockbusters but who bring dynamic life to any scene they're in. The supporting cast is chock-full of off-kilter talent, turning even the most incidental role into a memorable character. Writer-director John Michael McDonagh makes a remarkably accomplished feature debut; The Guard moves forward with gripping efficiency, yet every moment seems casual and often beside the point, crammed with colorful language, incidental comedy, and a deliciously eclectic soundtrack. The result is hugely entertaining. One of the best films of 2011. --Bret Fetzer

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The Guard, written and directed by John Michael McDonagh (Ned Kelly) and starring Golden Globe® nominee Brendan Gleeson (2009 Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, In Bruges; 2010 Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television, Into the Storm), Academy Award® nominee Don Cheadle (2005 Best Actor in a Leading Role, Hotel Rwanda), Mark Strong (Green Lantern, Sherlock Holmes) and Fionnula Flanagan (TV’s Lost) will include:
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • The Second Death Short Film
  • The Making of "The Guard" featurette
  • Los Angeles Film Festival Q & A
  • Commentary with Writer/Director John Michael McDonagh and actors Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle

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5.0 out of 5 stars No Country For Middle Aged Men Oct. 29 2011
Michael John McDonagh has previously written the screenplay for Ned Kelly starring Heath Ledger which I remember as a good movie. His brother Martin has won an Academy Award nomination, for Best Original Screenplay for In Bruges, which also starred Brendan Gleeson, and what I consider the best performance of Colin Farrell's career, and an Academy award for the short feature Six Shooter, A Collection of 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films, which had rabbitcide, matricide, traincide, and an exploding cow also starring Brendan Gleeson, and at least two other characters you will see in The Guard, written and directed by MJ.

As the movie begins we see Gerry Boyle, the guard played by BG, in his white squad car parked behind a stone wall, when a red car whizzes by. He does not respond to the speeding car. His response to what happens next, has no words, yet it establishes the nature of the character, as he rummages through pockets, and does something with the drugs. We can deduce that here is a guard that does not follow the established rules, and in fact may even be corrupt.

Next we see him responding to a murder scene. Here we get a truer sense of his character by how he acts around the new cop who will be his partner. Here the comedic tone of the movie gets established. He likes to push buttons and get a reaction. They theorise about the murder, a potted plant placed on the victim's crotch, the significance of the number 5 1/2 painted on the wall. Perhaps he was the 5 1/2th victim, the young one theorises.

Like another reviewer I was struck by the parallels with the Coen Brothers, particularly Fargo, and No Country For Old Men.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one to watch and enjoy. Feb. 5 2012
Brendon Gleeson's character Sgt. Gerry Boyle is hilarious. His Irish brogue is strong to the point that by times subtitles would be helpful. The plot of murder, drug dealing and police corruption is not complicated but remains interesting and compelling throughout. This is a very funny movie, not silly or slapstick just 90 plus minutes of down to earth side-splitting enjoyment. Language is a little strong but not done in an offensive fashion. Glad I didn't miss this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb comedy June 17 2014
A dark and humorous story superbly told and acted. If you like Irish films, this is one for your DVD collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cinematography. June 14 2014
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Really great cinema, every scene a masterpiece! Perhaps this film should be in a category of its very own, IMHO!
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5.0 out of 5 stars British Humour at it's Best May 5 2013
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Brendon Gleeson makes this movie.....well conceived plot but the acting stole the show. Gleeson's best including 'In Bruges" I'm a big fan of Don Cheadle as well but his part was limited and he had to play it straight for it to work. I will be watching it over many times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic March 24 2013
This movie is amazingly funny. The team of Brendan and Don are great. I would definitely recommend it to all my friends.
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3.0 out of 5 stars funny movie Jan. 12 2013
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Pretty good movie. I had to listen carefully to understand some of the dialect, but all in all well worth watching.
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