Starring Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson and Jim Broadbent, Perrier's Bounty is an action-packed gangster thriller that is as blackly comic as it is violent. Michael owes money to Dublin's meanest gangster, Darren Perrier. When the debt is called in Brenda, Michael's recently "dumped" and suicidal best friend, accidentally shoots dead one of his hitmen. To make matters worse Michael's estranged and eccentric father, Jim, arrives just in time to witness the scene. With a bounty on their heads Michael, Jim and Brenda flee to the mountains, with every hard man in Dublin in hot pursuit, all hoping to claim, by any means, Perrier's Bounty.
The worst thing about this film is Jim Broadbent's Irish accent, the best his acting of someone who hasn't slept for a while. It is exhausting to watch. This is the funniest genuinely violent film I have seen. Some nasty scenes of clubbing with baseball bats and some tender ones, but mainly comedy in violence. A brutal gangster who refers to a pack of fighting dog handlers with a grudge as insouciant made me smile (and reach for my dictionary).
A disappointing film in so many ways. I have been a fan of Brendan Gleeson for ages and was looking forward to seeing him play opposite Cillian Murphy. The film tried to capture the feel of other Dublin gangster movies with the overly verbose language and the casual approach to violence, mixed in with a charming sense of humour. Unfortunately it failed miserably on each count. Cliché after cliché filled my screen. The worst bit of all though was Jim Broadbent’s woeful attempt at an Irish accent. As a Dubliner myself, it had me cringing every time he spoke. It would have been better to let him use his normal accent and give "Michael" and English father.
Funny enough for a Friday night, violent enough for Saturday. A fun and entirely underated movie.
- Perrier's Bounty review by Pixnic
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You rated this film: 4
Irish comedy, charming without being too stereotypical. Great performance from Cillian Murphy as Michael McCrea the unfortunate, slightly misanthropic loser who gets himself in deeper than he expected with Perrier the gangster. Jim Broadbent, as ever, steals the show with an excellent comic-yet-straight performance as Michael's (Cillian Murphy) father - along with the expected comedy he gives a poigniancy and seriousness to the role that is rarely seen in this sort of movie. The pace of the film is fast enough to keep you interested but not too much that it is stressful. The violence is brutal, but not unnecessarily so and well-placed humour brings enough relief until the next onslaught. There is a steady theme of death and a nice (albeit slightly semi-skimmed) ending but enough of a twist to be worthwhile. The semi-skimmed nature of the film is the only let down - Perrier's Bounty isn't a low-fat comedy film or a full-fat action movie, on occasion it can't make its mind up and so stumbles a little. Definitely worth a rental, I'd watch it again but I think the comedy plays to my slightly twisted sense of humour - an excellent movie after a couple of drinks.