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Plot: Brilliant, flamboyant master criminal Michael Lynch is more interested in his image and his posterity than the actual profit from his ill-gotten gains. Runtime: 93 mins Release Date: 07 Jan 2000
The film itself is a bit of a laugh. The part where Stevie laments over his poverty stricken child hood is hilarious. Fair enough the foreign actors such as Spacey's and Baxendale's accent are useless but sure at the end of the day its no big deal. The Gardai Siochanna are also a wild laugh with them following Spacey about through Dublin giving him plenty of stick. This film can't be taken seriously and was never intended to be. If you wanted the true story about Michael Cahill, go and watch 'the General' if you want to see a crowd of cowboys rampaging through Dublin <more>
making a mockery of the Gardai Siochanna then watch this film. All in all a good laugh but not one for 'serious viewers'.
Has Hollywood infested the Irish filmakers? (by videooutakes)
Ordinary Decent Criminal has just been released on video out here in the States and I was saddend to see that Hollywood's influence has sucked the orginality out of Irish filmakers. I was ready to sit down and watch one of my favorite actor's, Kevin Spacey, in this movie, when 10 mins into the film I realized I was watching a bloody remake of "The General", which starred Jon Voight and Breandon Gleeason. At first it was hard to swallow the Irish accents, but I got used to it. I stayed with the movie noticing differnt changes from the other great movie,The General, but I was <more>
pleasantly surpised that the movie turned out to be really good. Of course I felt that Linda Fiorentino was totally wasted in the part of Spacey's wife, and poor Collin Farrell, if he was in the movie more than 5 mintues that would be something. Overall I'd say the film was watchable. Spacey is good and there are soild peformaces from the rest of the irish cast. If you haven't seen "The General" I suggest you see that film, then watch this fim just to enjoy Spacey doing what he does best, ACTING.
A story of a Dublin's most famous robber, maybe not excellent but pretty good. Has some minor flaws but the movie is really interesting and somewhat funny. If You liked Boondock Saints this movie is definitely for You. Kevin Spacey is as always excellent and it's fun to see one of Colin Farrell's first "big screen" appearances.
Sexy and Lovable Crims (by helfeleather)
This film is remarkable for its amazingly high number of sexy men. Kevin Spacey, not a bad looker per se, slips into the background when compared to his gang, which includes the impossibly spunky Colin Farrell. Even the baddies the guards and the IRA are gorgeous.But don't be fooled. It's only a film. I went to Dublin once, and most of the local blokes are pale, piggy and podgy.
A shame this came so close after The General (by Allie-18)
Back in 1998, John Boorman directed "The General" with Brendan Gleeson in the lead role. It told the true story of the late Dublin criminal Martin "The General" Cahill who pulled off a number of daring heists, never went out in public without covering his face with either clothing or his hand, had a bizarre menage a trois relationship with his wife and her sister, and was so clever and cunning that the police never managed to press any charges against him.In Ordinary Decent Criminal, Kevin Spacey plays Michael Lynch, a clever criminal who pulls off daring heists, never <more>
goes out in public without covering his face, has a bizarre menage a trois with his wife and her sister... you get the idea. Having seen "The General", it's hard not to compare it to Ordinary Decent Criminal. Even though the film-makers claim that it is based "loosely" around the life of Cahill who must be chuckling in his grave at his renewed celebrity after death , very large tracts of the film are based on real-life events. It's hard not to get the feeling that half way though filming, the film-makers desperately tried to change the script in order to stop it being a direct remake of Boorman's film. That's not to say that Ordinary Decent Criminal isn't worth watching. It is. It's a fast paced, stylishly shot, blackly humorous romp. Kevin Spacey does his usual sterling work in the lead role. He makes quite a reasonable attempt at an Irish accent - at times it's spot on, other times it wavers a bit. The less said about the accents of other cast members, the better. Overall, Ordinary Decent Criminal is a well made crime thriller which will suffer inevitable comparisons with "The General".
Phlagmetic thief continually tries to outwit the coppers! (by bakooi)
Typically English, and Spacey somehow seems to fit right in. Even behind his mask one can tell he is very pleased with himself. The movie is full of crazy ideas and every time you have to wonder how Spacey will work himself out of yet another precarious situation. The painting-robbery is simply brilliant. Well edited, with flashforwards and flashbacks which tell us a lot in just a little bit of time. Great fun, well written, amusement at its best. Nothing more, and certainly nothing less!
It all has been done before, but it is funny and entertaining (by philip_vanderveken)
After seeing "Ordinary Decent Criminal" I'm starting to wonder if there are still other genres of movies being made in the UK. Since their success with movies like "Snatch", "Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels" and of course the best one of them all "Trainspotting", I'm getting the feeling that almost all movies coming from the UK are about criminals. I guess I can only name a couple of movies in which the emphasis lies on another subject. However, that doesn't mean that I can't enjoy them of course. Certainly when you get a nice <more>
example like this one, I must say that I keep having fun with it.Dublin's most notorious criminal, Michael Lynch, has become a hero to the working class inhabitants of the city, but is hated by the entire police force because they can't catch him. When he isn't playing the loving husband of a happy family with his children and his two wives, the two sisters Christine and Lisa, he is busy plotting a new heist. But the loot isn't the only thing that interests him, he wants to give away a nice spectacle as well. Gradually a showdown between his gang and the police force is getting inevitable...What I like about this kind of movies is the typical good robber / bad cop situation. We are supposed to hate criminals and to like the men in blue, but in this kind of movies, you can only support the criminals in their acts and hope that they never get caught. That's of course thanks to the humor that is used. If it hadn't been for all the laughs that they provide, you wouldn't like them all that much. But that's not the only reason why I like this movie. What's also good about it is that the acting is more than OK. I know that many people have pointed out that they hated Kevin Spacey's and Linda Fiorentino's accents, but personally I didn't have too much problems with it. For once I was able to see past that and enjoyed both actors' performances. In my opinion Fiorentino even deserved a bigger role.Is this a perfect movie then? No, certainly not. The story for instance has been done before, I would say a couple of times at least, and all originality has gone. But again, I could see past it. This movie offered me plenty of laughs, I was entertained from the beginning until the end and I liked what I saw. I give this movie a rating of 7.5/10.