Dave Connolly is a respected member of the Garda Síochána but his loyalty to the law gets tested by his ex-convict brother Joe who is in desperate need of his help.


Paddy Slattery


Paddy Slattery (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tristan Heanue ... Dave Connolly
Graham Earley Graham Earley ... Joe Connolly
John Connors ... Wallace
Gemma-Leah Devereux ... Amia McNamara
Ally Ni Chiarain ... Irene Connolly
Ryan Lincoln Ryan Lincoln ... Pete
Gary Lydon Gary Lydon ... Superintendent Byrne
Philip Coyne Philip Coyne ... Guard John
Marie Ruane ... Ms. Lynch
Robbie Kane Robbie Kane ... Interviewer Cliff
Shane Ryan Shane Ryan ... Frank McNamara
Peter O'Byrne Peter O'Byrne ... Chief Superintendent Kelly
Claire Blennerhassett ... News Anchor
Paul Boyle ... Bouncer
Eoin Duffy ... Thug #1


Dave Connolly is a respected member of the Garda Síochána but his loyalty to the law gets tested by his ex-convict brother Joe who is in desperate need of his help.

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Continuity: Dave's shirt switchs from the Garda Uniform shirt to a normal blue formal shirt between some scenes. Noted from the lack of front chest pockets. See more »

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A surprisingly awesome movie
6 November 2020 | by TopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

I was actually going to pass on this one due to the low rating, but chose to search online for the trailer first (not sure why there isn't one on here) and it looked pretty good. I also clicked on the Rotten Tomatoes link and then decided to give this one a go after seeing real critics have this at 100% fresh. I'm sure glad I did.

So this little B-grade gem is a crowd-funded indie film by newb (only a few short prior films) Irish filmmaker Paddy Slatter, who makes his first full length feature film debut as writer, director and producer. I have to say, the selection of good films during these turbulent times is slim to none, and Slatter sure stepped up with Broken Law. This film was so well put together, I had difficulty finding much negative to critique. For that matter, it was better than some films I've seen lately with Hollywood budgets, A-list actors put together by seasoned filmmakers.

Right from the start, I noticed the great soundtrack and score. The pacing was decent for its 85 min runtime and the suspense flowed constantly and smoothly start to finish. Cinematography and camera shots were on point. The directing seemed it was from a seasoned director. The casting of mainly novice actors I've never heard of was great, and every single actor was convincing in their role. Now the writing... yes, these type of stories have been done before, but this one has some nice "wow" and "umm" moments. I even laughed out loud a bunch of times at the light but just right humor. The story felt very real and the constant twists and suspense had my anxiety levels high the entire film. Being written by a newb filmmaker makes it that much more impressive.

Paddy Slatter deserves high praise and mad respect for wearing many hats and being able to pull off such a little gem. He certainly is an up-and-coming filmmaker to watch out for. It's a well deserved 9/10 from me. To see how I rate films or see more of my 1000+ reviews, click on my account name.

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31 July 2020 (Ireland) See more »

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