Ordinary Decent Criminal
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But my real reason for posting a review was to give the head's up to any Colin Farrell fans out there . . . he's been getting a following lately, and the DVD tries to jump on that by putting him on its cover. If that entices you to pick it up as you are fresh from seeing his stellar performance in "The Recruit" or want more of his hometown accent that was offered as Bullseye, you will be sorely displeased. Mr. Farrell has no more than 5 lines in the film.
The General, told the story of real-life Irish criminal, Martin Cahill, who spent most of his days robbing the rich (with his philosphy being "they can afford it so why shouldn't I), laughably antagonising the police and on several occasions, falling foul of the IRA.
In a perfect piece of casting, Kevin Spacy takes on the role of the initial Cahill characterization and is re-named Michael Lynch in the film.
Kevin Spacy puts in a solid, power-packed, beleavable performance. He approaches his role in a number of ways and is vastly effective as the cocky but equally likeable Dublin gangster, playing it as though a loveable rogue in contrast to the real Cahill. His Irish accent is a little dodgy at times but apart from that minor flaw, Spacy excels in the role.
Directed by Thaddeus O' Sullivan with the screenplay having been written by Gerald Sternbridge, Ordinary Decent Criminal was considerably well-structured despite the lack of true detail to which the main character was based. The film follows Michael Lynch's many crime sprees (do not want to give too much away there) and makes for highly entertaining viewing. If anything the film seemed more inspired by The General, rather than structuring it around the ethos of Boormans book. Still the film vastly works despite that initial shortcoming.
Linda Florentino takes the role of Michael Lynch's wife, Christine. His loyal almost fierce devotion to his family is made crystal clear from the early sequences in the film.
British T.V star, Helen Baxendale (a one-time star on the fantastic U.Read more ›
The movie is action packed and very witty, while the acting is excellent.
Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and the rest of the cast have truly outdone themselves with their performances, which are outstanding to say the least! All the actors, without exceptions, give it their 100% and it really shows!
The plot, the setting, the dialogues, and the music are all wonderful!
The rating could have been PG-13, as there's no serious reason really for an R rating.
In short, it's a movie definitely worth watching, as it will provide for an evening's entertainment, though you might want to stop short of buying it.
Strongly recommended for those with a soft spot for Ireland and all things Irish!
ORDINARY DECENT CRIMINAL has to be one of the more tongue-in-cheek titles Hollywood has devised for a story apparently based on a real life infamous Irish gangster Martin Cahill whose claim to fame was robbing banks and getting away with it while posing as a preceptor of family values! Yet in this reincarnation the plot is suffused with comedy and typical capers and served up by a fine cast on a shaky platform.
Michael Lynch (Kevin Spacey, always terrific to watch even in uneven films) is a 'gentleman robber', married to two sisters (Linda Fiorentino and Helen Baxendale) whose latest criminal diversion involves the theft of a Caravaggio painting. How he utilizes his cohorts and evades the police headed by Noel Quigley (the extraordinarily gifted actor Stephen Dillane who played Stephen Woolf in 'The Hours'). The cast is good and makes the best of a confusing arc of storyline written by Gerard Stembridge. Director Thaddeus O'Sullivan keeps things moving along but slides into some boring and non-additive variances from the plot and character development that threaten to grind down the film. Tack on a corny ending not in keeping with the real character on whose life the story is based and the recipe for lack of success in the theaters is obvious.
But keep the expectations low and this film will entertain. Sad that for its distribution in the USA the cover of the DVD lists Colin Farrell as one of the stars (Spacey, Fiorentino, Farrell) which says a lot about PR grossness: Farrell is a VERY minor extra here and should any other actor be listed in top billing it is Stephen Dillane! Not a great heist film but it's always good to see more of Spacey. Grady Harp, September 05
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This is a difficult movie to review fairly, because I have seen the vastly superior "Source Material" movie "The General" which is a fictionalized account of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bawko
I could be wrong but Kevin Spacey and his supporting actors did a super job in the VERY CLEVER crimes to get even with ONLY the banks that had cost so many LITTLE PEOPLE to loose... Read morePublished 10 months ago by TJ-STL
Pathetic! From the terrible acting to the incomprehensible plot to the fakest Irish accents you have ever heard, this movie cause from awful to worse. DO NOT WATCH! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Robert Patterson
Viewers are no strangers to this kind of flick. The romanticizing of a clever heist man with the dogged detective who cannot quite seem to bring him in. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Eric Sanber
I don't know what I was thinking. I really liked it the first time, but the second time I watched it, I was really disappointed. Not funny, not charming, and certainly not clever. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A. Baryudin
Loved the idea of 2 wives and Kevin was such a weasel in this! Great acting all the way around!Published 21 months ago by Gary Neiman
This is a mediocre movie at best. Stephen Dillane should have passed on this script, as should all the other actors. Read morePublished on November 28, 2013 by JayCee
This movie was really far fetched and so make believe. The actors did their best to make it believable but came up short. Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by Becky Coelho
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