Ordinary Decent Criminal

2000.  Directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan.

THE SHOT: Master thief Kevin Spacey may have bitten off more than he can chew when he steals a priceless Caravaggio from an art gallery.  Can he outwit the police, the IRA and his own traitorous henchmen to become Ireland’s Best-Loved Thief?

TONE: Glib, knockabout 00s UK crime drama.  Guy Ritchie without the flamboyance (not necessarily a criticism).  Very much Butch Cassidy in spirit, complete with Entire Police Force Surrounding Our Protagonist ending.

Keyser Sose, it turns out, is a perfectly nice guy who just wants to be well-liked.  Much Irish Pride on display.  Funny gangsters.  It’s all a big game, even when men are shot in the face, in shocking detail.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Kevin Spacey and Linda Fiorentino, two of our finest actors, play Irish.  The rest of the cast are all actually Irish.  These things happen.  The first commercially-released film I’ve ever seen the devoted an actual close-up to a man’s penis.  A dead man’s penis (same guy as the shot-off face).  Take that, Tarantino!

DOES CRIME PAY? Depends what you want out of life, I guess.
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4 Responses to “Ordinary Decent Criminal”
  1. Anonymous says:

    The General

    Kavin Spacey’s character in Ordinary Decent Criminal is based on the same dude played by Brendan Gleeson in John Boorman’s The General.