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Monday, April 18, 2011

THE GUARD

A TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION

By D.E.Levine

This is a very interesting Irish film that pairs Brendan Gleason with Don Cheadle. It starts out as a mystery-thriller-drama, but is filled with humorous jokes.

When we meet Sgt. Gerry Boyle (Gleason) is anything but an alert law enforcement agent. In fact, he's sleeping on the job and only wakes up when a speeding car crashes killing the driver Arriving at the scene he promptly steals and drops the corpse's acid.

While the scenery in County Galway is scenic and peaceful, the area is actually ripe with murder and drug smuggling. Boyle is anything but a typical policeman, since he lives his life as he pleases and that includes hiring prostitutes for his recreational activities.

Off-duty Boyle wears bright almost dandyish outfits and lives and frequents places decorated with bold colors.

When FBI agent Wendell Pierce (Cheadle) arrives with hopes of intercepting a large drug shipment, Boyle makes racist remarks that are offensive t, o the black agent.

Despite the blunders and offensiveness, the two agents manage to form a team and go after the drug smugglers and even solve a murder, retrieving a missing corpse.

It's an interesting combination to see the rogue Boyle and the strait-laced Pierce play off against each other while juggling their crime-solving duties. How they accomplish their goals is hilariously funny and while this may be a small film it's one well worth seeing.