It's kind of like "Father Ted" but without the intelligence, the wit and the acting ability. It has all the profundity, intellectual depth and philosophical heft of a Stevan Seagal movie. The characters are cartoonish, the plot is ludicrous and the dialogue is ridiculous. One of the worst best-reviewed films I've had the misfortune to see.
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I'm looking forward to the third in the Guard trilogy. The poor acting, dodgy sound and meandering narrative doesn't prevent the the movie from working as a whole. The story is of a good man being forced to leave the area he is needed the most, feels fresh and provides a nice contrast to recent religious movie topics. Its about the importance of trust and the need for forgiveness; and by the end of the movie you are left fully aware that this is the fact.
After seeing Brendan Gleeson in The Guard, I expected a similar fare but was pleasantly surprised. Here, he delivered a more subtle part that worked far better - contrasted against the crazy group of character that punctuate the story. The Irish scenery provides an ideal backdrop for a sad story, it is almost another actor in the plot. If you like your films to be deliciously unpredictable, then this may be for you.