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I picked up on a couple of reviews of PERRIER'S BOUNTY in the daily
newspapers and thought - that is worth a look over!! Good cast -
Brendon Gleeson Liam Cunningham Jim Broadbent Cillian Murphy et al -
and a story of the shady underworld inhabiting Dublin......drugs, guns,
violence, dog fights and other such delights.
So today I packed myself off to the local multiplex and gladly bought my ticket.
The premise goes that Michael (Murphy) owes Perrier (Gleeson) a sum of money, which he hasn't got - two of Perrier's thugs tell him he has four hours to find the money - or he will have two bones broken. That sets him haring off to the local dive looking for The Mutt (Cunningham), the local loan shark. The Mutt tells Michael he is short - but is doing a job that night and needs a third man...
So starts a hectic forty eight hours for Michael as he has run-ins with his father (Broadbent), the girl in the flat below, her on/off lover, two sadistic car clampers, the local dog fraternity, the snooker hall drug pusher, the ASBO-dodging car thieves.......I could go on, mentioning the double-crossing and the underlying love story triumvirate.
Funny in parts but more chuckle-some than guffaws, the whole leaves you wanting more meat to chew over - there is not much to bring you in to the story completely. When it concludes - and I had a doubting question over the way it ends, up in the hills (not to give it away but there WOULD be repercussions after the fact) - it leaves you with a sense of it having just petered out.
I give this film a seven out of ten - the violence is gritty and realistic - Brendon Gleeson is a marvel! - but is bogged down by unnecessary plot angles and sidelines. A tighter script would have made this experience more enjoyable.
Apart from a very strong cast, this also has some very fine moments
throughout. Like a french phrase that gets repeated. Offbeat things
like that make this movie stand out from some other movies who try hard
to be distinguishable. But in the end, there are quite a few things,
that don't quite work in it's favor.
While the story as it is, is told pretty fast (so that you can't think too much about some logical errors/plot holes I guess), sometimes you'd want some time for the characters to breathe. Especially the things the female lead goes through in a short amount of time, are very improbable, not to mention her emotional journey, which is just a bit too rushed. Still lovable, but with an ending, that though planted, feels a bit off in a wrong way.
Once again a much hyped up Irish movie with an excellent cast is wasted by a disjointed shabby storyline which goes nowhere. It's one of those that you want to be good but only keeps your interest by some good acting by the leading men, especially Gleeson who was badly under used but was brilliant. Jim Broadbent with an Irish accent... I don't think so & why the hell is everyone in the movie using the word MAN at the end of every sentence. I have lived in Dublin a long time & that word in that context can only be associated with junkies. Yet it's an everyday word used by the majority of people in this movie (I was expecting the dogs to bark out the words MAN!). Plot holes too were everywhere, especially regarding the police... where were they? One of their cars is stolen & the thieves are able to drive around at their leisure... what about the two helicopters they have? Shootouts everywhere & no police. The overall storyline went round in circles & when it was over it was a relief & a huge disappointment! Come on MAN... Make better movies MAN!
Rented this on a recommendation from the video store owner, who like
myself, is into just about every genre. We certainly don't shy away
from foreign films, and this gangster/father-son story looked to be
right up my alley.
Like I mentioned in the title - there is quite a bit of humor here that can be hard to pick up because of its' dry nature, and because of the thick accents. It can really make the difference between this being a completely average film, and this being a truly enjoyable, albeit lesser-known, humorous, and darkly adventurous tale.
The cast is strong and the story moves at a brisk pace. It's in the storyline vein of Tarantino or Ritchie, but lacks a bit of the panache of those directors' work.
Perrier's Bounty has good performances throughout, and there is little doubt that those fans of the afore mentioned directors will find this to be an exciting film. It's rated R for brief nudity, drug use, and violence.
The only stand-out negative would be the music. The music selections were great, but the volume of the music was WAY too loud compared to the dialog and the rest of the movie. Maybe the music director was a bit too proud of his/her selections. I had to turn the TV down every time a song came on, and then turn it back up when the dialog resumed. The only other negative would be a slightly rushed and under-developed love story that could have really put this over-the-top.
Recommended. THose who liked pulp fiction and lock stock will find this to be a good(not great) film along the same lines. LIsten carefully as many of the hilarious lines can pass you by. The strongest characteristic of this film is the relationship between Cillian Murphy and the actor(who's name escapes me as I'm writing this) who plays Cillian's father. Also, having two fantastic actors playing in the two lead Gangster roles helps immensely.
You'll like it if you liked: Layer Cake, State of Grace, or Harry Brown.
I thought it was an outstanding little film; not a loose end left, lots
The acting was unbelievably good, with Jim Broadbent, Cillian Murphy, Jodie Whitaker and Brendan Gleeson, joined by a throng of wonderful cutthroats, henchmen and great dog trainers.
I cannot fathom why people wouldn't like the movie, its very intriguing use of language and its well drawn characters. The voice over by the Reaper was also well done, and had a highly literary feel.
It had enough texture to give a feel for the impoverished underlife of Dubliners.
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Granted, this movie had its share of moments, but it's still more
dependent in the comedy spectrum which is a bit misleading in its
billing as an action comedy and the humor might be easier to decipher
if you were from the land of the Celtics. "Intermission" helmsman Ian
Fitzgibbon exhibits "Perrier's Bounty" is an overall letdown as it
merely touches the pinnacles of comedy that "Intermission" displayed in
spite of a very pedestrian plot.
Cillian Murphy stars as a young bloke who's in a financial predicament as he owes 1000 smackers to a local hoodlum. After several attempts in earning the dough, his neighbor unintentionally murders one of the hoodlum's accomplices. This puts Michael, his neighbor and his father (Jim Broadbent)in a deeper hole as they are now on the run. Sure it sounds like a crime caper with a touch of humor, but it's overall a misnomer. It's just a standard comedy as Perrier (played by Brendan Gleeson)has a few minutes of screen time and his presence is seen during the dying hours of the film. The centerpiece of the film is on the failed relationship between Michael and his father. Some of the humor is quite hilarious, but most of them are staler than age-old bread. It starts to fizzle in the middle, but recovers in the conclusion when the hoodlums become the center of attention.
The acting was very impressive overall, though Jim Broadbent's accent was a bit hard to decipher at times. The main scene stealer is Cillian Murphy who really shows his comical talent and Michael was the funniest of the zany bunch.
Not a terrible film by far, but just lacks the qualitative humor that "Intermission" possesses. And knowing the ensemble of talented Irish performers, this movie should have been 10x better.
An aptly-described "urban western" that fans Crank and Lock Stock
should not miss.
In addition to fully working as a perilous crime thriller, the film's script is filled with comedy, and the performances bring that out incredibly well. The magnetic Cillian Murphy is a quick hook into the world of the film, but Jim Broadbent is the story's heart, and the eccentric but completely relatable character he paints is a treat to watch. Brendan Gleeson as the titular Perrier is, of course, great.
In short, the film is prime entertainment, whose believable setting acts as a portal into something very unique. Definitely recommended.
An Irish gangster crime comedy. Well, Irish, gangster and crime are all
accurate but whether it's a comedy, drama or thriller that's up to you
to decide. Perrier (Brendan Gleeson) has a bounty for the head of
Michael (Cillian Murphy). Poor lad, he owes money to some local thugs.
With the help of his beautiful, slightly crazy and suicidal neighbour Brenda (Jodie Whittaker), they accidentally kill a thug, and then with the encouragement of his might-be-dying father (Jim Broadbent), they go on a crime spree.
It's a comedy of errors where the errors lead to many murders, some accidental but some because there's nothing better to do. It's violent for the sake of being violent with a few uneasy laughs. Add Gabriel Byrne as the voice of the narrator/The Reaper expounding on the philosophical virtues of life, death and the ocean, just to make the film more well-rounded. I'm assuming that's the purpose, and also that the contradiction between philosophy and gangster crime is supposed to be hilarious.
"Perrier's Bounty" could be a brilliant fusion of all genres into a gangster crime film. But it's missing some vital cohesiveness and substance to make this more than a weirdly funny, violent crime spree through an Irish night. Which isn't all that bad, but it's no "In Bruges".
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Cillian Murphy owes money to Perrier a crime lord and has hours to pay
him back. Wandering around through Dublin he tries to get the money,
deal with a girl, his dying father and other crazies crossing his path.
Amusing but just misses being great romp wanders through the territory of Tarantino and Guy Richie to often occasional funny results. Its well made and well done but there is something about it that made me wish it were trying less hard. What bothered me about the film is that there is so much the film gets right that when it fails to come together you're rather disappointed. I liked it more than I should.
Worth a look but wait for a rental or cable, full movie price is too much
For this particular genre of movies, then "Perrier's Bounty" failed to
make a lasting impression, nor did it leave any significant impact. The
story never really made it out of the parking lot, so to speak. The
story, despite trying hard, never turned out to be more than mediocre.
The movie does have an impressive list of actors and actresses on the cast list, but despite this fact, that wasn't enough to pull off the story in a manner that would turn out to be outstanding.
The story is about Michael McCrea who owes money to Perrier. Michael is given a short amount of time to make payment due, otherwise Perrier's goons will set out to collect the debt one way or another. A frantic night turns worse when Michael ends up on the run with his suicidal neighbor and his dying father.
Storywise, then there were moments throughout the movie that were great and there were some good ideas to the script as well. However, the overall impression of the movie was fairly mediocre, and there is sort of an irrelevant vibe to the movie, which was a shame.
"Perrier's Bounty" is great for a single watching, but the movie is nowhere near anything that would support multiple viewings of the movie. The storyline just doesn't have what it takes.
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