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I Went Down Reviews

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½ August 12, 2016
In retrospect the review below is a bit harsh. I'll give the film 3 and a half stars.
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This is a comedy crime, thing, set in midlands Ireland, starring Brendan Gleeson (of Harry Potter and 'in Bruges' fame.) It was made in the mid-nineties.

Its a departure from the typical Irish films of the time in that it doesn't make any attempt to be overtly 'Oirish' or try to bound itself up in some typical heavyhanded sense of Irish identity. its just a straightforward crime comedy thing, made wherever it was made.
The film is also different from the Irish homegrown films of the period in that its not total sh*t. Its pretty sophisticated actually.
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I Went Down is noticeably well written and acted, with the director bringing a nicely judged tone to the piece that is never too loud in its pretensions (you can sense a sliver of the hip tarantino-esque crime movies of the mid 90s permeating its vision.) Unfortunately the film is a bit too sparse for its own good.

Its actually a strange experience, as you enjoy the company of these characters (particularly Brendan Gleeson's Bubbles, who comes out with some great lines) but you also get kinda bored after a while.
½ October 12, 2014
Amazing Dark Comedy, with a superb cast.
½ January 31, 2014
This good-natured, rough-housing Irish comedy is one of those buddy pictures where two oddly matched chaps thrown together by caustic Fate eventually save each other's life and become the best of buddies.
½ January 9, 2013
Cute Irish crime buddy movie with Brendan Gleeson being his usual crude humorous charming self.
½ November 26, 2012
"At the end of the day you're an asshole."

So you finish an 18 month stint in the big house, come out and have to deal with the reality of your girlfriend in a relationship with one of your friends. To make matters worse, that friend is about to have his hand hammered to death and what do you do? You intervene like the good friend that you are. Unfortunately that doesn't do you no good. Because one of the hoods that you did harm to when saving your friend happen to be related to a mob boss named Mr. French.

Mr. French doesn't like you which is why he's tasked you with carrying on your friends debt. In order to work it off, Mr. French assigns you to go with a mobster named Bunny Kelly to pick up an associate named Frank Grogan who holding some money for Mr. French. The task at hand seems to be easy, but you do not know Bunny Kelly.

Bunny Kelly has the look of an Irish Elvis. His mutton chops are fucked up as is his persona. He's funny about cars and getting caught and one time while in the big house he may have given a bloke a blowjob (I guess that explains the title). Paranoid? Yeah he is a little bit. He even goes as far to not trust Frank. You see, once Frank has been found and brought along on the road trip back, Frank goes on about the money not being the reason as to why Mr. French wants him brought back. It's really because Frank has been fucking Mr. French's wife. The problem is whether or not to believe Frank when he says things like this and Bunny is a simple man. However, you aren't simple and want to fuck things up by helping Frank. Bunny only wants him dumped (dropped off) and that be it.

So, you help botch the job of Frank's head getting blown off and with Frank looking to buy you out with the help of Bunny you might as well say that the days of Mr. French are soon to be over thanks to Frank. This wasn't as dark as I thought It'd be, but the characters are fully fleshed out and the direction was your typical indie film slice of life. Brendan Gleeson gives a great performance as usual and was pretty funny at times.
November 26, 2012
Brendan Gleeson was very funny in this movie. The plot was alright, it wasn't very genius.
October 19, 2012
brendan gleeson has big mop chop sidebuns in this 1 and his name is bunny kelly what more do you want...?
March 24, 2012
Subtly clever and cockeyed small time comedy about small time crooks.
February 2, 2012
Genius , Gleeson's the balls
February 9, 2011
Slick, extremely funny and cooly-acted. This is a film that in my opinion has not been surpassed for sheer quality and quirkiness by any other Irish production. Why it isn't held in higher regard I will never know. The locations are familiar of an Ireland I grew up in and the humour is familar too (The scene with the guard at the checkpoint is priceless). And you can see from this the true brillance of Brenden Gleeson as an actor.
December 9, 2010
Surprisingly entertaining and fun. Especially the scene where a man tied to a bed in hotel room was forced to watch a maths program on complex numbers was hilarious. I can feel his pain... And Peter McDonald as Git was brilliant. Truly a feel good movie, at least for the yours truly.
½ May 23, 2009
An Irish gangster movie. An interesting movie, not bad... it just wasn't particularly good.
May 21, 2009
Enjoyable Irish ganster movie with the excellent Brendan Gleeson. Really good seeing how the relationship between the two main leads grows during the film. Some funny parts, some dark parts -all you want from a gangster movie really!
½ May 20, 2009
Smart Irish gangster movie with some great scenes and great lines. Brendan Gleeson is excellent, as he always is. Loved the short scene in the woods with the balaclavas. So funny!!
½ May 12, 2009
A huge amount of fun is to be had with this Irish Crime comedy.

Most notably from Brendan Gleeson as Bunny who is an absolute delight and shows just how good an actor Glesson is.

The plot is fairly straightforward as the 2 hapless debtors pick up a one time ex colleague of a local heavy.

What makes the film fly is athe wonderful Irish Humour and some excellent set piece moments including a stand off in a peat bog and a excellent final mexican standoff.

All the performers in the film are great ,and this is one film which really does deserve to be more widely known,and is a thousand times better tan some Guy Ritchie wannabe movies out there.
½ April 2, 2009
superbly crafted take on the brit-crime genre. Written by Conor McPherson, the playwright behind the fantastic "the Weir", "I Went Down" uses theatrical techniques to drive its simple, loveable gangster comedy plot forward. truly a lesser known gem.
February 7, 2009
best irish film ever
September 11, 2008
My favourite film, brillo..
Bunny Kelly is the man...
June 6, 2008
Five stars doesn't mean it's perfect for every second of the running time, it just means that it's a film I can watch over and over again and be entertained by every single time. It's a class movie, track down a copy.
½ May 8, 2008
A very dark and ironic irish gangster film. Gleeson is hilarious as a heavy who wants to keep his job and take care of his kids at the same time.
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