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"Intermission"'s cast is a Who's Who of talented young Irish thespians, with a few Brits thrown in the mix. Quirky but somehow true-to-life Irish films about friends and family have somehow become a genre unto themselves. This is one of those. There's nothing surprising about "Intermission", but it does take enough unpredictable turns to keep it interesting. True to the genre, the characters aren't smart or even especially interesting on the face of it. But the dialogue is engaging. The situations are funny. These people's anxieties, neuroses, and disappointments ring true. Add a charismatic young cast, and you have a pretty entertaining movie.
The DVD: Bonus features include 2 deleted scenes and a theatrical trailer. The deleted scenes are essentially redundant and not worth your time. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish.
Im also becoming a fan of Cillian Murphy after watching him in Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later", am accustomed to seeing Colin Farrell here and there, remember seeing Shirley Henderson and Kelly MacDonald in "Trainspotting", and Colm Meaney usually plays interesting characters in all his films. I also drink lots of Guinness, so I figured I'd give this a try.
What I saw was a film based on multiple stories tied together by chance meetings, irony, stupidity, and just plain old luck. Each little scenario affected the entire picture in one way or another. This type of plot and storyline has been done many many times. Some films have had great success and fun with it ("Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels", "Run Lola Run", for example) and some didnt really work, or had too much going on ("Happenstance"). Since the plot is more or less recycled and cliched, the film's success or failure depends mostly on the performances, the characters, and the crazy twists and turns.
With that said, this film was pretty enjoyable, silly at some points, but overall well done. The talent I mentioned above all acted well, especially Colin Farrell, who seemed to be really free and relaxed speaking...the way he normally speaks, I guess. The characters were also interesing enough to keep everything flowing smoothly. Irish accents are fun, too, even though once in a while a few lines of dialogue are nearly impossible to understand. I dont know an overly large amount about the Irish culture, but everything seemed basically believeable. I do listen to Clannad and go to pubs, though, so that earned me some points.Read more ›
By the way, some of the lads tried the brown sauce in tea, and it didn't turn out so good. I don't recommend it!
[EMSEMBLE CAST] Among the film's eleven stories, known and unknown faces appear as the residents in Dublin, Ireland, where they encounter mostly unhappy incidents in their life. Colin Farrel is rakish Lehiff, who is chased after by a violent cop Jerry (Colm Meaney, 'Deep Space 9'); Cilian Murphy ('28 Days Later') is unhappy John who left his love recently; Deirdre (Kelly McDonald, 'Trainspotting') is John's ex-love, having an affair with a bank manager. And Shirley Henderson (who is Moaning Myrtle in 'Harry Potter' series) is Deirdre's sister Sally, who, it seems, has a mustache ala Burt Reynolds or Tom Selleck.
We see the fates of these characters, all unlucky in love, job, or whatever, cleverly depicted by the sure hand of director, who knows how to spin good stories out of very ridiculous situations. Some find riding a bus can be very dangerous when a little boy throws a stone at that; or some find brown source tastes very good when put in a cup of coffee. Screenwriter Mark O'Rowe did a fine job in creating a variety of lively characters that remind you of 'Pulp Fiction.'
[TO COLIN FARRELL FANS -- HE SINGS!] Really.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Could not finish, amazing cast, lousy screenplay
I don't understand, Ireland produces amazing actors but the screenwriting could go either way but mostly .... Read more
I poo-pooed the one star reviews till I actually watched this. I could barely get past the first 15 minutes; it was flat ugly and gross. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Linda Cee
Cute and funny! I'm glad I bought it as it's one of those films you can watch multiple times and still laugh at the ridiculous parts.Published 6 months ago by Ms.Zev
Some of my very favorite actresses attracted me to this movie. Kelly and Shirley are awesome as always. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Janice Siegford
I wanted to see this for a long time and I liked it, it was not predictable and had surprises. I enjoyed it.Published 9 months ago by claireimel
I laughed out loud throughout the movie. It's stupid and touching. Someone complained about having difficulty with the accent. Turning on the captions can help with that.Published 10 months ago by Julie
This is a wonder piece of black comedy. Dispense belief and watch these characters in action.Published 15 months ago by Wade the Wonderous
What a great, fun movie. Cillian Murphy and Colin Farrell both give incredible performances. Highly recommended for a fun Irish gangster flick.Published 17 months ago by S. McNamara
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