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July 27, 2011 / California Film Institute Blog

The Guard

The Guard, directed by John Michael McDonagh, is a story of very different two cops with two opposite views on life and their jobs. One, an irish cop named Sargeant Gerry Boyle played by Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges, Six Shooter), is an unconventional cop who, during his spare time, deals drugs and buys hookers. The other, Wendell Everett, played by Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash), is a straight-laced FBI agent. The two meet when Everett comes to Ireland looking to take down an international drug ring, and their relationship gets off to a rocky start when Boyle makes a comment about the suspects’ races.

The Guard is a buddy cop comedy with an Irish twist, and a refreshing new take on the genre. The humour is refreshingly dark, a standard of other McDonagh brothers films such as In Bruges and Six Shooter, although the storyline is much lighter than the latter. Both Gleeson and Cheadle are cast expertly, and play off each other very well. Their lines and the comedic timing are perfect, making The Guard an all around great black comedy.

The Guard will be released in the USA this Friday, July 29th, and was an official selection at the Los Angeles, Tribeca, Berlin, and Sundance Film Festivals. It debuts in the US on July 29, and will be playing in the Bay Area on the August 5th at the Embarcadero Cinema and on the August 19th at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema.

Director: John Michael McDonagh

Writer: John Michael McDonagh

Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong


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