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Watching "The Guard"
Published on September 28, 2011 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I review the new movie "The Guard."

Here's an excerpt:

“'The Guard'” is a trifle but, as trifles go, it’s pretty fun.

The film borrows from a number of movie conventions — the fish-out-of-water tale, the buddy-cop story, the whimsical Euro comedy and the post-Tarantino darkly funny crime film — but somehow manages to feel fresh.

This is largely due to the shambling presence of the great Irish actor Brendan Gleeson, who plays Sgt. Gerry Boyle, a corrupt, lonely cop who might or might not possess a core of decency. Boyle works in Connemara Gaeltacht, a rural, Gaelic-speaking region populated by people who, like Boyle, would prefer to be left alone and have a deep-rooted suspicion of outsiders and big-city folk. In the film’s opening scenes, Boyle is taking a nap in his patrol car when a deadly crash wakes him from his slumber; within moments of arriving on the scene, he has fished around in one of the victim’s pockets, and stolen his drugs. We also see him drink on the job, and forego investigating a murder to hang out with prostitutes. But he’s kind to the prostitutes and a loving son to his dying mother, so we sense he’s not that bad a guy."

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