A rather interesting movie with a solid cast (dog included) that could have been great had the director had more artistic vision and better character development. It was always intended on his part to take a novel approach to the "troubles" that occurred throughout Northern Ireland's history, while the novel approach was appreciated, it would have been nice to get more history on the backstory between Kate and O. What motives were driving Good Joe--was it that deep down he was a coward? Did he still believe in the cause because he was a patriot? Either way, it took me ages to see this film due to its release being limited, for the most part, across the pond. I loved loved Gillian Anderson--great comedy and fast switch over to drama in a matter of seconds. Carlyle was equally likable and newcomer Tyrone McKenna was quite impressive. While this movie isn't what American audiences would immediately relate to as a family movie (its violent and has heavy swearing, drinking, and smoking by a youth) it still has a message toward hope and against violence. In the end, despite the occasional failings in the film, that's what matters most.