5 January 2003 | astonfilms
A Well-Balanced Piece
I recently saw a preview screening of "Irish Eyes" in Los Angeles and must say I was pretty impressed. A look at the world of the Irish mafia in Boston through the world of two brothers, the film succeeds in that it doesn't specifically focus on the mob side of things, trying to be an Irish "Goodfellas", but is equally concerned with developing an honest story between two brothers and how crime and conflict tear at the familial bind.
Hats off to John Novak, the straight-laced brother with political aspirations and a very suprising Daniel Baldwin, who, as far as I have seen, gives the performance of his career as the criminal brother who has a good heart somewhere deep inside but can't seem to save himself as he becomes steeped deeper and deeper into trouble. Also, a nice debut for director, Daniel McCarthy.
Definitely worth a look.