Michael Lynch is Dublin's most notorious criminal, his brazen robberies making him the bane of the Gardaí and a hero to his fellow working class city Northsiders. When not playing happy families with his two wives - sisters Christine and Lisa - and his children, Lynch is busy plotting elaborate heists, thinking as much about the showmanship of it all as he is the loot involved. On his case is Garda Noel Quigley, his determination to convict Lynch slowly turning into an obsession. Inevitably, a showdown looms. Written by
At the same time Lynch arrives at the dole office, a gray Austin Metro parks with the rear right wheel on the white line. When Tony gets out, the same car is parked well across the same white line. Finally when Lynch and his band of men come back to rob the office, the same car is properly parked between the white lines. See more »
I stumbled across this movie and watched it without preconceptions or expectations. Unlike many of your reviewers I enjoyed it hugely. But then, I haven't seen "The General". So whether comparison with that film is fair or not, I couldn't say.
But what none of your reviewers have pointed to is its structural resemblance to "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels". ODC is not as original as that wonderful film, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and it doesn't do a bad job in terms of wit or entertainment.
Spacey's casting is a bit bizarre, but works because of that and his geniality lifts the movie. Only Patrick Malahide takes character truly into the realms of caricature.
Overall ODC is an engaging and enjoyable romp of a film with some nice twists and plenty to enjoy in an undemanding sort of way.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?