The Guard

Genre: Action

Director: John Michael McDonagh

Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle

Rate: *** 1/2


Brendan Gleeson gives a towering, hilarious performance in this pungent Irish thriller, which casts him as a small town cop who runs afoul of some nasty drug-runners. Gleeson gives his one-liners a wicked spin, and he’s well-matched by Don Cheadle as a visiting FBI agent bewildered by Galway’s slow-moving culture; the script is all buddy-cop and fish out of water clichés, but they’re made fresh by the superb performers.