The Guard. Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) is a small-town cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) to his door. However, despite the fact that Boyle seems more interested in mocking and undermining Everett than in actively working to solve the case, he finds that circumstances keep pulling him back into the thick of it.

First his tiresomely enthusiastic new partner McBride disappears, then his favourite hooker attempts to blackmail him into turning a blind eye, and finally the drug-traffickers themselves try to buy him off as they have every other member of the local police force. These events unwittingly offend Boyle’s murky moral code. He realises that he needs to take matters into his own hands, and the only person he can trust is Everett. And so the scene is set for an explosive finale.

Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh (“Ned Kelly”) and starring Brendan Gleeson (the “Harry Potter” series, “In Bruges”) and Don Cheadle (the “Oceans” films, “Hotel Rwanda”) as the ill-matched pair of lawmen, THE GUARD also stars Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes”, “Kick-Ass”), Liam Cunningham (“Hunger”, “The Wind That Shakes The Barley”), Fionnuala Flanagan (“The Invention of Lying”), David Wilmot (“The Tudors”), Rory Keenan (“Zonad”), Pat Shortt (“Garage”) and newcomer Katarina Cas.



August 19, 2011


John Michael McDonagh


John Michael McDonagh


Optimum Releasing


Comedy, Thriller


96 minutes