Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000)

Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000)
  • Time: 93 min
  • Genre: Crime | Comedy
  • Director: Thaddeus O’Sullivan
  • Cast: Kevin Spacey, Linda Fiorentino, Colin Farrell


Michael Lynch is Dublin’s most notorious criminal, his brazen robberies making him the bane of the GardaĆ­ and a hero to his fellow working class city Northsiders. When not playing happy families with his two wives – sisters Christine and Lisa – and his children, Lynch is busy plotting elaborate heists, thinking as much about the showmanship of it all as he is the loot involved. On his case is Garda Noel Quigley, his determination to convict Lynch slowly turning into an obsession. Inevitably, a showdown looms.

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  • 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 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.

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