is a 2010 Irish crime thriller comedy in the tradition of I Went Down
directed by Ian Fitzgibbon and starring Cillian Murphy
, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Jodie Whittaker.
Michael McCrea (Murphy) is a low level Dublin ne'er-do-well and sometime crook who is unable to repay a loan to local crime boss Perrier (Gleeson). After Perrier unleashes his thugs Michael is forced to flee aided only by his neighbour Brenda (Whittaker) and estranged father Jim (Broadbent) - who is convinced that the Grim Reaper himself has forewarned his death.
This movie provides examples of:
- Affably Evil: Perrier.
- Black and Grey Morality
- Black Comedy
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Jim. Although it later turns out his encounter with the Grim Reaper may have actually happened.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Pretty much the entire film counts.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Perrier plans to have his lackeys kill Michael very slowly and painfully. Thankfully he manages to escape before this can happen.
- Crapsack World: Played for laughs.
- Cycle of Revenge: A reoccuring theme in the movie. Michael had a falling out with his parents when the guy he beat up for hurting a woman came back and assault his mother in revenge.
- Even Evil Has Standards: For a gangster evil enough to kill dogs for no reason, Perrier is surprisingly against Discrimination against Gays.
- Fake Irish: Jim Broadbent. Jodie Whittaker might be a semi-example - she uses her own accent so presumably Brenda is meant to be English but no dialogue actually refers to her nationality suggesting the character might have been originally written as Irish and changed when Whittaker couldn't manage an Irish accent.
- Gayngster: Ivan and Orlando.
- Gory Discretion Shot: When Perrier is ripped apart by dogs, only quick flashes and shadows are seen.
- The Grim Reaper: Jim believes he's been visited by the Reaper, who foretold him of his death. The Reaper turns out to be the narrator.
- Hard Gay: Ivan and Orlando.
- Karmic Death: Perrier is savaged by dogs.
- Kick the Dog: Perrier shoots two dogs that are annoying him to remind the audience that he is not a nice man. It's arguably actually needed as up until then he wasn't much less sympathetic than our heroes.
- Last Kiss: Michael and Brenda share this before he heads off to rescue his father from Perrier. Thankfully it didn't take.
- Narrator: An unidentified one. Until the end when we we find it's Death himself.
- No Name Given: Liam Cunningham's character is only ever called 'The Mutt', even by himself. This is a nod to real life Irish crooks like 'The Monk' (Gerry Hutch) or 'The General' (Martin Cahill) who were known for their nicknames. There is a reason the Mutt's name is so unflattering.
- Not Named in Opening Credits: Gabriel Bryne is The Grim Reaper.
- Revenge: When Jim is killed, Michael goes berserk.
- In retaliation for Perrier killing the dogs Achilles and Apollo in cold blood, the dogs' owners and their gang set the other gang members' dogs on him.
- Running Gag: The clampers. Sets up a nice Brick Joke after they've finally been Put on a Bus. Michael later escapes to the car he's been driving, only to find it clamped (the second car he's had this happen to during the course of the film).
- Spell My Name with a "The": The Mutt.
- Technical Pacifist: Michael can't bring himself to kill Perrier in cold blood. Doesn't stop him from kneecapping one of his mooks though.
- Third-Person Person: The Mutt.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: The woman on the farm tries to order Michael, Brenda and Jim out of her barn when they take shelter there. When they refuse, she calls the police... and claims Michael and co. tried to rape her.
- Your Cheating Heart: Brenda's boyfriend constantly cheats on her and when he dumps her she becomes suicidal. She eventually gets over him and rejects him when he tries to get back together with her. Then she and Michael steal his car.