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 ›
WARNING: Spoilers follow. If you have not yet seen this film, read no further.
When I started watching this movie, I could tell within the first 10 minutes or so that it was an attempt to re-make "The General", and capture the audience's attention and imagination like the original. However, the beginning of this film is a MESS, with very little character development or emotional connection to the "protagonist". The main character moons the public on the court building stairs, and in the process "Moons" the audience of this film at the same time. Shock and in your face offensiveness replace the magnificent character development of the original, and the movie kind of goes "sideways" from there. This is not to say that this is really a "Bad" movie, I did give it 3 stars after all... it's just that it falls SO short of what it could have been.Read more ›
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Very difficult to understand the strong Irish accents, so it was not an enjoyable movie.Also, the story line was not very clear, makes the movie confusing.Published 11 days ago by Martin J. Lipman
This movie has some charming qualities and is action packed, albeit very quirky. It is well acted to be sure. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R.U. Sleeping
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 16 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 22 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 on June 3, 2014 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 on May 5, 2014 by A. Baryudin
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