Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000)


Comedy | Crime


Thaddeus O'Sullivan



Kevin Spacey, Linda Fiorentino, Peter Mullan, Stephen Dillane, Helen Baxendale, David Hayman, Patrick Malahide, Gerard McSorley, David Kelly, Gary Lyndon, Paul Ronan, Colin Farrell, Vincent Regan, Tim Loane, Christoph Waltz, Enda Oates


When not playing happy families with his two wives, Michael Lynch (Kevin Spacey) is busy plotting elaborate heists, while police chief Garda Noel Quigley (Stephen Dillane) is determined to convict Lynch.


I stumbled across this film and watched it for two reasons: Kevin Spacey and Colin Farrell. Since I had no expectation, I was sure the film was not going to disappoint me, yet it somehow managed to let me down.

More like an ordinary mediocre film, "Ordinary Decent Criminal" is a quite poor attempt at a crime comedy flick as it is slightly funny and definitely more boring than it is interesting.

Apparently based on the exploits of Irish gangster Martin Cahill, already subject of John Boorman's "The General", the story is paper thin, and quite silly. And it doesn't make a lot of sense but I guess that's my fault because probably I wasn't paying enough attention to the plot details, which turned out to be the most important part of the film. In fact, the film relates way too much on the story development and forgets to do what a comedy is supposed to do, entertain.

There are a few laughs here and there, but most of the time you'll find yourself carefully listening to the dialogue so to prevent from falling asleep because instead of being engaging it is dreadfully boring.

And I know it's supposed to be all about the criminal, but I didn't like the director's choice to take the criminal's side. I mean, he almost portrays the cops as the bad guys.

At last there's the cast who cannot save the film. Kevin Spacey does a fine job as a likable criminal, but the problem is that the character is supposed to be Irish and Spacey's accent, well, it's not great, and sometimes it almost feels like he forgot he was supposed to have an accent. Peter Mullan and David Hayman are completely wasted as Spacey's henchmen, and Linda Fiorentino has nothing but a dull supporting character.

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