James Allen "Laurence O'Fuarain" is a successful, controlling, thirty-something banker living alone and working in Dublin city at the tail-end of the recession. When a family tragedy occurs... See full summary »
Two teenage boys cycle 160km on stolen bikes pursued by police to find a missing bale of cocaine worth 7 million euro. Set around the real event of Ireland's biggest cocaine seizure in 2007 of 440 million euro.
Cardboard Gangsters follows the story of a group of young lads in Darndale, led by Jay Connolly (John Connors), who sell drugs to make a living. They set out in a bid to gain more money and power and enter the big leagues of the drug trade. Things begin to unravel quickly as not everyone in Darndale is willing to let these Cardboard Gangsters achieve the notoriety they crave without a fight.
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Could Have Been Worse
Not a great film by any stretch, but it was entertaining enough to keep my attention. Some of the characters were one-dimensional but the anti-hero, his mother and his girlfriend were sympathetic depictions of people trapped by history and circumstances. The scenes between Jay and Angela, when she confronted him over his dealing and when he later confessed to a crime, were particularly good. It would have been more involving if we had seen some character development rather than a brief glimpse of some children who then suddenly become adults with ideas to break into the big time, either through music or drug dealing.
There were some big liberties taken with background: the drug use and death of a father, the CD of dance music a character has, the decision of a young man to join the family business with no obvious talent. We have to believe three people can turn up at an airport in Ireland and fly to Spain with no tickets or preparation, and a destructive sexual relationship does not ring true. We got that the estate was rough and did not need children doing wheelies in the street continually to remind us.
The biggest issue for me though, watching at home, was the appalling sound quality. Dialogue, in a thick Irish accent, was often too quiet but would be replaced suddenly with very loud and intrusive music. Subtitles only added to the mess: "a sensitive man" was rendered as "a sensible plan", and it was way off in several other places.
Overall, worth five stars for keeping me interested enough to see it through. I won't spoil the ending, but it was never going to be a happy one.
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