The Guard, an independent Irish black comedy film, recently became the most successful independent Irish film of all time, overtaking the ranks of The Wind That Shakes the Barley. Written by the director himself, the plot focuses on the comedic tensions between two very different men in law enforcement as they struggle to work together to solve an international crime.
Big city FBI Agent Everett (Don Cheadle) has set his sights for Ireland when an international crime syndicate starts using the quaint country as a medium to import and export half a billion dollars of cocaine. But when he is paired up with a local Irish cop that knows the area, problems arise and the lackluster native would rather do, well, just about anything else.
After a series of murders of a suspected occult killer, Everett and the local garda (Irish policeman) Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) start to form an unlikely friendship, where Boyle’s uninvolved nature is of little help in the beginning. But as the plot thickens, Boyle’s interest in other things waver as he starts to see the gravity of the crime and helps Everett as best he can – which sometimes isn’t any help at all.
Directed by John Michael McDonagh, The Guard has proved itself in Ireland and as well as around the world. With raging reviews from magazines such as Vanity Fair, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, The Guard has successfully stepped out of the shadow of Hollywood to show that Ireland can produce quality films, too.