Ultimately, this film is a misogynistic piece of garbage.
We need another one of these "Snatch" meets "Trainspotting" films about as much as we need another "look at the ugly people in the quiet Irish village do something outrageous" movies.
It's always nice when a movie begins with a man punching a woman in the face. In this case, Lehiff (Colin Farrell) is just a petty criminal/psychopath who decides to punch a coffee girl in the face. So director John Crowley starts his movie there and rolls the opening credits right after, implying either that this is the tone of his film or that we're supposed to be amused. After all, isn't that what we'd all like to do? Right answer: Um, no.
Ultimately, this is a film that supposes that a desperate guy kidnapping his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend is a believable way for him to win her back. John (Cillian Murphy) does just that in order to win back Deirdre (Kelly Macdonald), who's shacked up with a married man. John is such a loser that it's hard to believe that he could attract any woman, much less the stunning Deirdre, but apparently her choices are limited.
Crowley uses Det. Jerry Lynch (Colm Meaney) as a kind of contrast. The film cuts between different characters and then has their actions intersect from time to time, a technique as tired as it is boring. Since Lynch is a cop, his peculiar criminality (he's basically a brat who abuses his authority and uses it to beat guys up) is supposed to diminish the actions of all the other criminals we get to follow around.
Ultimately, this film is a misogynistic piece of garbage. It starts with the girl getting punched in the face and amuses itself with another girl, Sally (Shirley Henderson), who is abused in the film as well as by the filmmaker. Seriously, this girl is suffering from post-traumatic stress and Crowley thinks it's a joke. I'd like to see somebody take a dump on Crowley's chest in the process of breaking up with him and see how he handles it.
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