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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.
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