Caught off guard
THE buddy cop crime comedy needs a good shot in the arm from time to time and this one delivers a shot in the arm and the leg. It’s not so much a case of good cop, bad cop either, but rather good cop, foul- mouthed whore- mongering boozer cop. Brendan Gleeson gets the colourful role as the set- in- his- ways Irish Sergeant Gerry Boyle whose normally quiet community is rocked by a murder and the rise of a cocaine smuggling operation, whose chief operators are a gun- totin’, philosophical lot. It’s the drugs that bring FBI Agent Wendell Everett ( Don Cheadle, pictured with Gleeson) over the pond. He teams with Boyle to stop a big shipment from hitting the Irish shores. While the script is more interested in character and witty banter than in thrills and a driving plot, director John Mcdonagh ( bro of Martin who directed the similar- intone In Bruges) makes sure that it all leads somewhere satisfying. Extras: Filmmaker’s commentary, behind- the- scenes, deleted and extended scenes, out- take and Mcdonagh’s short film Second Death. NOT VIEWED.