17 January 2008 | Thorsten-Krings
Good, gritty entertainment
I quite liked this film. Like Taffin it owes more the 50s B-western than anything else. As such it works fine for me: a straightforward told revenge story, lonesome hero, motorcycle instead of a horse. All in all the story is well told with some moderately surprising twists in the plot and there are some good action scenes in it as well. The acting is pretty good with a star lined cast of Irish actors. For me, the idea of transferring B-western motives into 80s Ireland worked fine. Of course at the time Ireland was a fairly novel setting for films in particular for action film. Pre-boom Dublin is a great scenery for a neo noir western. I think that the way the set up of organised crime is described is even fairly realistic. So 7/10 for good, gritty entertainment from the Emerald isle.