Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug- smuggling gang - one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other, a straitlaced FBI agent. Sergeant Gerry Boyle is an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational and crass personality and a subversive sense of humor. A longtime policeman in County Galway, Boyle is a maverick with his own moral code. He has seen enough of the world to know there isn't much to it and has had plenty of time to think about it. When a fellow police officer disappears and Boyle's small town becomes key to a large drug trafficking investigation, he is forced to at least feign interest when dealing with the humorless FBI agent Wendell Everett assigned to the case.
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The spirit of classic unlikely buddy cop movies like 48 Hours and Lethal Weapon is where The Guard draws its cue from. Here you have Brenden Gleeson as a burnt out Irish sergeant who cavorts with prostitutes and samples seized narcotics searching to feel some kind of zest for life. On the other side is buttoned too tight FBI agent Don Cheadle who has traversed into Gleeson’s country in search of a trio of international drug traffickers. The two do not like each other at first: Gleeson has no problem interjecting racist opinions at Cheadle and Cheadle has no patience for the bumpkinism of Gleeson. But over the course as it always is in films like this, the two grow to a mutual respect for the other, if not admiration. It’s not a new formula but where The Guard succeeds is in the script. The humor engine is hitting on all cylinders when these two go at each other and audiences benefit greatly from it.