Caught off guard

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

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.

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