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Brendan Gleeson is perfect for the role of the irish "Mobster" and (oh, blue-eyed) Cillian Murphy is a real pleasure to watch as Michael, the guy in deep, deep trouble. And while you think that things can not get any worse, they do because of the "help" of his neigbour Brenda (very well acted by Jodie Whittaker) and his "nutty" father Jim (funny Jim Broadbent)...
I really, really enjoyed this film !
I was going to ask why there are only two reviews of this here but then I remembered how deep the brogue is in some scenes; a large chunk of America would probably find this mostly unintelligible. I'm pretty good with most Brit/Scot/Irish accents but still had to use the subtitles a few times. Better to just let it all run by though, because the pacing here is so perfect. This might in fact just be the best Dublin comedy of them all, beating out no small amount of fine competition (though Intermission is hard to top, and also penned by PB writer Mark O'Rowe...watch this guy as he grows, he's a real gem).
The script is tight and darkly hilarious, the direction crisp and properly slick, and all of the acting is solid, especially the principals, with Gleeson stealing the show as usual. Broadbent is also very funny at points, as is the whole cast. The violence is wisely and thankfully toned down from other recent UK mob flick rates (The Crew, etc), so the humor and weirdness can take the fore. Which they do, to much laughter. There are a boatload of good dramedies coming across the pond lately...please don't stop! You're blowing away the mediocre competition in Hollywood, and those of us who love to laugh are mighty pleased about it.
If you like Brit mob films, especially the cynically funny ones by Guy Ritchie and his pack of imitators (he's the UK QT (and better if you ask me)), then Perrier's Bounty should make you laugh out loud many times over.
The film opens with Michael being told he has until ten that night to find the thousand Euros. Meanwhile his neighbour Brenda, (Jodie Whitaker) and crush from afar is having boyfriend trouble, his estranged father appears to announce, that the next time he falls asleep, he will die and he gets offered a job with a Mr Mutt to rob a house for some ready cash. The latter plan seems like a no brainer, and so he signs up. Things go sour when Mr Perrier's henchman and gay lovers, turn up to break a few bones, one of them gets more than he bargains for. In the rituals of the underground, Michael and Brenda have gone too far and thus a bounty is put on their heads.
What follows in a tale that has dark comedy, loads of profanity and some quite good performances, we also meet a load of trophy dogs, wheel clampers, coke dealers and generally the seedier side of Dublin life. Brendan Gleeson is as ever excellent as the Mr P and gets more than his fair share of good one liners. This is not great cinema, but it is a ruddy good journey and with both action, a love interest and an examination of both family and animal values, but where it scores highest is the gallows humour, so if that is your thing then I am sure you will enjoy. A word should go to the Irish Film Board which keeps helping innovative cinema with funding as is the case here, it is a shame the UK has lost its' council.
Violence, not much sex/nudity, language, and no obvious political agenda. Mature audience and teenage boys might like it.
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Bought this on a whim cuz we love Brendan Gleason...so so moviePublished 23 months ago by Sharon Marshall
I love this movie! Cillian Murphy adds to it's warmth and charm, of course.
A different, kind of darkish comedy. But it's pretty funny.
I thought this was a good movie. This is a good english mob movie in the vain of Lock, Stock and 2 Guns.Published on March 14, 2014 by R. MacDonald
Totally my bad. I didn't notice the different region. No reflection on seller, but if the question is did it meet my expectations, well no. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Christopher Bell
good charector developement. actors were believable. action wasn't " over the top" I really like Cillian Murphy, as an actor.Published on June 14, 2013 by brad williams
This is a great cast and awesome movie. Great for your collection and worth watching again because its so good.Published on May 24, 2013 by AnnUSA
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