The Guard is a clever character driven Irish comedy starring Brendan Gleeson as the Guard, Sergeant Gerry Boyle, a local police officer of ambiguous character whose partner mysteriously disappears. Don Cheadle is Wendell Everett, a prim, by-the-book, FBI agent trying to stop a drug smuggling ring with the dubious help of corrupt local authorities.
Gleeson and Cheadle work off each other beautifully. Sgt. Boyle's coarse, bigoted, country bumpkin exterior makes people underestimate him and that's a big mistake.
John Michael McDonagh's script is smart, fresh and resolutely un-Hollywood.