The Guard stars Brendan Gleeson (Gangs of New York, In Bruges) as an Irish cop who’s not exactly crooked, but not quite what would pass as one who does his job by the book. When wind of an international drug-smuggling job is caught, Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2, Crash) is introduced as an uptight FBI agent heading the investigation. Gleeson and Cheadle play off of each other very well, clearly portraying the thick animosity between the two, due to Gleeson’s uneducated racist remarks. Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, Green Lantern) plays one of the drug dealers, and his approach in this really breaks down the way you look at drug deals in other films, giving you a much more realistic look into those kind of situations.
Although there were plenty of laugh out loud moments, nothing else really stands out about this movie, and at times I felt it was a little slow. Nothing I’d be rushing to the theater for, but I’ve definitely seen worse. 2 1/2 Nerdskulls is my rating for this film. There’s just not much else I can say about the film, so let me know what you guys thought.