The Guard is a comedic fish-out-of-water tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption. Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug- smuggling gang - one,... read more
Directed by: John Michael McDonagh
Release Date: July 29, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2012
Stats: 2,050 reviews
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January 9, 2013
As my many Irish friends will attest, (and be the first to tell you), there's a certain something about the culture - a knowing cynicism wrapped up in a heart as big as the world... a poet's soul wrapped inside the brash exterior. This holds true for this beauty of a film as wel...
January 4, 2013
Like many others would have done, I bought this film after seeing Martin McDonagh's 'In Bruges', meaning that naturally I would be comparing the two throughout. Unfortunately for John McDonagh, Martin's elder brother, 'The Guard' didn't fare well. In fact, it lacks everything tha...
October 17, 2012
An FBI agent teams up with a small town Irish policeman to investigate drug traffickers operating out of rural Ireland in this amusing fish out of water buddy cop comedy from the brother of Martin McDonagh who wrote and directed In Bruges. The approach and humour is very similar ...
September 3, 2012
A slow as a snail's pace movie about a bigoted old Irish cop in backwater Galway, Ireland, and his culture clash with American FBI agent Don Cheadle. Another tired cop buddy movie plot. I could hardly understand what Gleeson was saying most of the time, and needed subtitles. Don ...
June 7, 2012
Directed (and written) by John Michael McDonagh, Reprisal Films 2011. Starring Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Stong and Fionnula Flanagan.
Genre: Comedy, Thriller
Question: Is there a certain nationality that you feel a kinship with? Maybe it is an American thing that I...
May 23, 2012
There's something that seems to run through the family of the McDonagh's; Martin made an impressive debut with the lively, comedy crime drama "In Bruges" in 2008. Now his sibling Jonathan does the same with this. Combining genres can so easily go wrong but both the McDonagh's see...
May 9, 2012
Dark comedy from Ireland about a vulgar Irish cop and an uptight FBI agent who form an unlikely pair while investigating a drug-smuggling ring. Predictably the humor comes from the interactions of the mismatched combo. Actor Brendan Gleeson is probably best known as Alastor "Mad ...
May 1, 2012
A Raucous Comedy
Good movie. I expected more but that usually happens when you expect something out of a movie and not all comes true. If you are a fan of In Bruges, Snatch, or Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, I think you will enjoy this one. It falls just short of that level...
April 21, 2012
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Rory Keenan, Mark Strong, Fionnula Flanagan, Dominique McElligott, Sarah Greene
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Summary: When tightly wound FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) invades an Irish village in p...
April 20, 2012fb1672039553
A richly Irish "Fargo" in spirit - the character roles, the dark humor and the quality of dialogue - The Guard was both cathartic and fun for the Irishman dwelling in me.
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