THE GUARD

5.0

If you are looking for a film that combines humour, crime, and stunning scenery, you might want to check out The Guard (2011), a black comedy written and directed by John Michael McDonagh. The film stars Brendan Gleeson as Sergeant Gerry Boyle, an unconventional and irreverent Irish policeman who teams up with Don Cheadle as FBI agent Wendell Everett to investigate a drug-smuggling ring led by Mark Strong as Francis Sheehy-Skeffington. The film is set in the picturesque Connemara region of Galway in Ireland and features many locations that showcase the natural beauty and cultural diversity of the area.

The film begins with Boyle and his partner Aidan McBride (Rory Keenan) investigating a murder that seems to be linked to an occult serial killer. Boyle is dismissive of the case and more interested in indulging in drugs and alcohol. He also shows a softer side by caring for his dying mother Eileen (Fionnula Flanagan).

Meanwhile, Everett arrives in Ireland to brief the local Gardaí (police) about four drug traffickers who are planning to receive a shipment of cocaine worth 500 million euros from Jamaica. Boyle recognises one of the suspects as the murder victim he saw earlier, but does not reveal this to Everett.

McBride is later killed by Sheehy and his henchmen Clive Cornell (Liam Cunningham) and Liam O’Leary (David Wilmot) when he tries to stop their car. Boyle promises to look into his disappearance to McBride’s wife Gabriela (Katarina Cas), who reveals that McBride was gay and that she married him for a visa.

Everett suggests that he and Boyle work together to catch the drug smugglers, but Boyle is reluctant and uncooperative. He also faces hostility from the locals, who pretend not to speak English or mock his accent. Boyle eventually joins forces with Everett in pursuing the drug smugglers, who are heading to a rendezvous point. Along the way, they encounter several obstacles, such as corrupt Gardaí, armed teenagers, and IRA members.

The film was shot mostly in Connemara, a rural area in western Galway that is known for its scenic landscapes, rugged coastline, and Gaelic culture. Some of the locations used in the film include:

– Spiddal: A seaside village where Boyle lives and works. It is also where he meets Everett for the first time at the Garda station.

– Barna: A suburb of Galway city where Boyle visits his mother at her nursing home.

– Lettermullen: A small island off the coast of Connemara where Boyle finds McBride’s car.

– G Hotel, Galway City: Where Boyle meets his lady friends.

– Blackrock Diving Tower: Where the smugglers meet.

The film received critical acclaim and was a box office success. It won several awards, such as the Best Irish Film at the Irish Film and Television Awards, the Best Screenplay at the British Independent Film Awards, and the Audience Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival. It was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Gleeson) and a BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer (McDonagh).

The film was praised for its witty dialogue, dark humour, and engaging performances, especially by Gleeson and Cheadle. It was also commended for its portrayal of the Irish culture and landscape, as well as its commentary on the social and political issues of the country.

The film is considered to be one of the most successful independent Irish films of all time, surpassing The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006) in terms of domestic box office receipts.

LOCATIONS & DIRECTIONS

Spiddal Pier (Shoot Out Scene)

Blackrock Diving Tower (Meeting of Smugglers)

g Hotel (Sergents Fun Time With Lady Friends)

Spiddal (Where Boyle Lives & Works)

Barna (Visting Mother In Retirement Home)

Lettermullen (Several Landscape Scenes Shot & Finding The Car)

GALLERY

REVIEWS

Hilarious dialogue

July 7, 2023

Great movie great cast beautiful locations

Michelle

The PARAGON

December 16, 2022

Best movie ever in that particular genre! Acting is unbelievable! The plot and the cast is a bull’s eye hit!

Ramil
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