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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Brendan Gleeson
Mark Strong
Don Cheadle
Liam Cunningham
David Wilmot
Directors
John Michael McDonagh
Screenwriters
John Michael McDonagh
Running Time
96 minutes

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Plot
Gerry Boyle (Gleeson), an unconventional policeman in the west of Ireland, investigates a seemingly random murder. FBI agent Wendell Everett (Cheadle) arrives in Galway to mount a large-scale operation against a well-organised drug-smuggling ring. At first irritated by Gerry's manner, Everett is surprised by the garda's canniness as he connects the murder to the drug case.


Verdict
Among the most purely entertaining films of the year, which cuts its laughter with a dose of Celtic melancholy. It still delivers cop/action requirements - shoot-outs, revenges, daring deeds - and chances are, we'll be quoting lines from this forever.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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