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9th Sep '16 9:32:54 AM CynicalBastardo
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* MistakenForProstitute: When Gabriella first turns up on his doorstep, Gerry assumes that she's a hooker who has turned up on the wrong night. She doesn't seem too insulted by it and explains that she's looking for his help.
9th Sep '16 9:26:26 AM CynicalBastardo
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* TheBeard: Gabriella.

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* TheBeard: Gabriella. She's aware of this and her marriage to Aidan is a marriage of convenience to allow her to stay in Ireland. Doesn't mean she doesn't care about him.



* BrickJoke: The drugs are estimated to be 500 million dollars worth. Gerry calls bullshit on that, [[HypocriticalHumor stating that's more than what he pays for in the street.]] In the film's climax, Sheehy increadulously states that it's only for 200 million.

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* BrickJoke: BrickJoke:
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The drugs are estimated to be 500 million dollars worth. Gerry calls bullshit on that, [[HypocriticalHumor stating that's more than what he pays for in the street.]] In the film's climax, Sheehy increadulously states that it's only for 200 million.million.
** Devaney is [[MistakenNationality mistaken for an Italian]] early in the film. When watching the CCTV footage of him [[PistolWhipping beating another man with a blunderbuss]] later on, Wendell asks "The Italian guy?"
8th Aug '16 2:24:02 AM CynicalBastardo
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* NobleBigotWithABadge: Gerry makes openly racist comments towards Wendell and initially assumes that the attractive Eastern European woman who comes to his door is a prostitute and not his missing partner's wife. With Wendell, he's mostly trying to get a rise out of him. In the end, Wendell is the only one he can trust, [[spoiler: [[DirtyCop since the rest of the gardai have been bribed]].]]
1st Aug '16 3:18:09 PM CynicalBastardo
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* FilmOfTheBook: Discussed. After the climax, the photographer wonders if Wendell will write a book and further ponders the idea of a big screen adaptation, even lampshading a couple of tropes used by the film in the process.
1st Aug '16 3:13:39 PM CynicalBastardo
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* ICouldHaveBeenAContender: Gerry [[UnreliableNarrator claims]] that he came fourth in the Seoul Olympics as a swimmer. He does demonstrate ability as a strong swimmer [[spoiler: and may have used this skill in the climax to escape]].

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* ICouldHaveBeenAContender: ICouldaBeenAContender: Gerry [[UnreliableNarrator claims]] that he came fourth in the Seoul Olympics as a swimmer. He does demonstrate ability as a strong swimmer [[spoiler: and may have used this skill in the climax to escape]].
1st Aug '16 3:13:01 PM CynicalBastardo
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* ICouldHaveBeenAContender: Gerry [[UnreliableNarrator claims]] that he came fourth in the Seoul Olympics as a swimmer. He does demonstrate ability as a strong swimmer [[spoiler: and may have used this skill in the climax to escape]].
1st Aug '16 3:09:08 PM CynicalBastardo
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* BuryYourGays

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* BuryYourGaysBuryYourGays: [[spoiler: Aidan]], the only gay character in the film, gets shot in the back of the head.



* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: [[spoiler:Cornell]]'s death.

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* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: [[spoiler:Cornell]]'s death. He's actually kind of impressed with Gerry's marksmanship.
29th Feb '16 6:28:02 PM Luigifan
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* AffablyEvil: All three of the drug traffickers are this to a certain extent

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* AffablyEvil: All three of the drug traffickers are this to a certain extentextent.



* BigBadDuumvirate: Cornell and Sheehy
* BitterSweetEnding: The drug operation is definitively put down, [[spoiler: but it is ambiguous as to whether Gerry survived the boat explosion. Though it is implied he has faked his death and moved on.]]

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* BigBadDuumvirate: Cornell and Sheehy
Sheehy.
* BitterSweetEnding: The drug operation is definitively put down, [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but it is ambiguous as to whether Gerry survived the boat explosion. Though it is implied he has faked his death and moved on.]]



* BrickJoke: The drugs are estimated to be 500 million dollars worth. Gerry calls bullshit on that, [[HypocriticalHumor stating that's more than what he pays for in the street.]] In the film's climax, Sheehy increadulously states that its only for 200 million.
* BrilliantButLazy: Its hinted early on that Gerry's [[ObfuscatingStupidity more intelligent that he let's on,]] but he can't seem to give a fuck about most things due to his utter discontent and boredom on the job.

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* BrickJoke: The drugs are estimated to be 500 million dollars worth. Gerry calls bullshit on that, [[HypocriticalHumor stating that's more than what he pays for in the street.]] In the film's climax, Sheehy increadulously states that its it's only for 200 million.
* BrilliantButLazy: Its It's hinted early on that Gerry's [[ObfuscatingStupidity more intelligent that he let's lets on,]] but he can't seem to give a fuck about most things due to his utter discontent and boredom on the job.



* CastingGag: As noted under AcceptableTargets Dubliners are mocked a lot, especially by Gerry. Brendan Gleeson is himself a Dubliner.

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* CastingGag: As noted under AcceptableTargets AcceptableTargets, Dubliners are mocked a lot, especially by Gerry. Brendan Gleeson is himself a Dubliner.



* ChekhovsGun: When Gerry returns the bag of guns to the IRA, a Derringer, a Glock and a Kalashnikov are missing. [[spoiler: Turns out, Gerry kept hold of them and keeps the Derringer [[PantsPositiveSafety in his trousers]], which he uses to dispatch O'Leary. The other two guns are used in the final shootout.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: When Gerry returns the bag of guns to the IRA, a Derringer, a Glock Glock, and a Kalashnikov are missing. [[spoiler: Turns [[spoiler:Turns out, Gerry kept hold of them and keeps the Derringer [[PantsPositiveSafety in his trousers]], which he uses to dispatch O'Leary. The other two guns are used in the final shootout.]]



** Gerry's got a bit of this too, being well versed in classic literature.

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** Gerry's got a bit of this too, being well versed well-versed in classic literature.



** Gerry Boyle. It is an Irish movie with the lead played by Brendan Gleeson after all. Wendell also gets in a few good quips

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** Gerry Boyle. It is an Irish movie with the lead played by Brendan Gleeson Gleeson, after all. Wendell also gets in a few good quipsquips.



* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: [=McBride=], cornered, refuses to turn around for the drug traffickers, deciding to show them for the cowards they are. They shoot him, then comment on how well he took it.]] "He was very philosophical about it."
* DaChief: Inspector Stanton is a particularly incompetent version. [[spoiler:And corrupt]].
* EaglelandOsmosis: [=McBride=] speaks and acts much like an American cop. Boyle lampshades this.

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* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: [=McBride=], [[spoiler:[=McBride=], cornered, refuses to turn around for the drug traffickers, deciding to show them for the cowards they are. They shoot him, then comment on how well he took it.]] "He was very philosophical about it."
* DaChief: Inspector Stanton is a particularly incompetent version. [[spoiler:And corrupt]].
corrupt]]
* EaglelandOsmosis: [=McBride=] speaks and acts much like an American cop. Boyle lampshades lampshad.es this.



* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: Sheehy]] tells Gerry that he won't hear him beg for help as the place burns down around them, while he's too injured to move. He still ends up [[SayMyName screaming Boyle's name]] as the latter departs, though.

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: Sheehy]] [[spoiler:Sheehy]] tells Gerry that he won't hear him beg for help as the place burns down around them, while he's too injured to move. He still ends up [[SayMyName screaming Boyle's name]] as the latter departs, though.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Gerry takes his mom to a carehouse after she's diagnosed with a disease that leaves her a little time left before her death. The person in charge is a black man whom he doesn't disparage or insult, which is odd considering he belittles Everett later on. [[spoiler: Its a hint of Gerry's underlying intelligence and general badassery, as well as discontent with his job as a police man.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Gerry takes his mom to a carehouse after she's diagnosed with a disease that leaves her a little time left before her death. The person in charge is a black man whom he doesn't disparage or insult, which is odd considering he belittles Everett later on. [[spoiler: Its [[spoiler:It's a hint of Gerry's underlying intelligence and general badassery, as well as discontent with his job as a police man.policeman.]]



* GoodGunsBadGuns: Inverted. Gerry makes use of a Glock and gives Wendell an AK, both of which have reputations as being the WeaponOfChoice for criminals and terrorists in Ireland. He did take these from the IRA. On the other hand, a few villains make use of revolvers, Cornell favours a SIG-Sauer, which is the pistol issued to armed Gardaí and Sheehy uses a Beretta, which has a long history of being a "Good" gun.

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* GoodGunsBadGuns: Inverted. Gerry makes use of a Glock and gives Wendell an AK, both of which have reputations as being the WeaponOfChoice for criminals and terrorists in Ireland. He did take these from the IRA. On the other hand, a few villains make use of revolvers, Cornell favours a SIG-Sauer, which is the pistol issued to armed Gardaí Gardaí, and Sheehy uses a Beretta, which has a long history of being a "Good" gun.



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Aoife downplayes this [[spoiler: given that she is forced to participate in a blackmailing scheme against Gerry]], but she seems to genuinely like Gerry.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Aoife downplayes this [[spoiler: given [[spoiler:given that she is forced to participate in a blackmailing scheme against Gerry]], but she seems to genuinely like Gerry.



* InstantDeathBullet: Averted in the cases of [[spoiler: Sheehy and O'Leary.]]
* LittleUselessGun: Averted by the derringer. Gerry kills [[spoiler: O'Leary]] with it, though it takes him quite some time to die.

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* InstantDeathBullet: Averted in the cases of [[spoiler: Sheehy [[spoiler:Sheehy and O'Leary.]]
* LittleUselessGun: Averted by the derringer. Gerry kills [[spoiler: O'Leary]] [[spoiler:O'Leary]] with it, though it takes him quite some time to die.



* OlympicSwimmer: Gerry is a great swimmer and [[UnreliableNarrator may or may not]] have come fourth at the Seoul Olympics. [[spoiler: He may have used this ability to escape from the yacht at the end of the film.]]

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* OlympicSwimmer: Gerry is a great swimmer and [[UnreliableNarrator may or may not]] have come fourth at the Seoul Olympics. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He may have used this ability to escape from the yacht at the end of the film.]]



* RevolversAreJustBetter: O'Leary's WeaponOfChoice is a [[HandCannon Magnum Revolver]], which he uses to threaten Gerry [[spoiler: and dispatch [=McBride=].]]

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* RevolversAreJustBetter: O'Leary's WeaponOfChoice is a [[HandCannon Magnum Revolver]], which he uses to threaten Gerry [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and dispatch [=McBride=].]]



* WideEyedIdealist: Aidan [=McBride=]. [[spoiler: It gets him killed early on.]]
* WidgetSeries: It's an Irish homage to Dirty Harry that features [[ClusterFBomb constant swearing]], [[BlackComedy dark humor]] and appropriate BlackAndGreyMorality. It's very much an EIEIO.

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* WideEyedIdealist: Aidan [=McBride=]. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It gets him killed early on.]]
* WidgetSeries: It's an Irish homage to Dirty Harry that features [[ClusterFBomb constant swearing]], [[BlackComedy dark humor]] humor]], and appropriate BlackAndGreyMorality. It's very much an EIEIO.
24th Feb '16 11:46:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''InBruges''. Completely different movies, but they share the same off-the-wall and gleefully politically incorrect style of humour, as well as Brendan Gleeson in a prominent role. Director-screenwriter John Michael [=McDonagh=] is the brother of ''In Bruges'' director Creator/MartinMcDonagh, who was an executive producer on ''The Guard''.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''InBruges''.''Film/InBruges''. Completely different movies, but they share the same off-the-wall and gleefully politically incorrect style of humour, as well as Brendan Gleeson in a prominent role. Director-screenwriter John Michael [=McDonagh=] is the brother of ''In Bruges'' director Creator/MartinMcDonagh, who was an executive producer on ''The Guard''.
29th Nov '15 4:36:12 AM LentilSandEater
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* AntiHero: Gerry is a type III.

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* AntiHero: Gerry is a type III.PragmaticHero.



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Aoife sort of subverts this [[spoiler: given that she is forced to participate in a blackmailing scheme against Gerry]], but she seems to genuinely like Gerry.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Aoife sort of subverts downplayes this [[spoiler: given that she is forced to participate in a blackmailing scheme against Gerry]], but she seems to genuinely like Gerry.
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