The General (1998) - Biography, Crime, Drama

Hohum Score

14

Watchable

The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off two daring robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the I.R.A., the U.V.F., and members of his own team.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: John Boorman
Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Adrian Dunbar
Length: 124 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 5 out of 50 found boring (10%)

One-line Reviews (28)

It's fast and entertaining while sustaining enough authenticity and ambiguity to keep things constantly interesting.

Overall this film is very entertaining with a dark edge to it.

I enjoyed it as a history/social studies lesson.

" Martin Cahill, from what I know, would seem to share that sentiment, but not out of any political bent; indeed, he's all the more fascinating for being completely apolitical.

Great stuff all round, with a moody saxophone score, and stunning performances.

My advice is don't waste your time.

I did not sympathize or hate the Brendan Gleeson character because the way the Cahill character is written is simply flat and dull.

In short, "The General" is only mildly interesting, mildly entertaining, and mildly amusing.

And, I recommend it highly for a Saturday night rental; just be forewarned that it is quite brutal and intense at times.

Impressive, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining.

For those of you who found the film boring, i would suggest never watching another movie made in 'real ireland' again, because you will not have the appreciation for the background, dialogue or humour at all.

the general is a bore...

I think that might explain some of the 'boring' commentary in previous reviews.

John Boorman's highly-feted 'comeback' picture is an entertaining tale that is fatally undermined by its almost light-hearted depiction of a vicious career criminal who thought nothing of intimidating witnesses to prevent them testifying against him and who matter-of-factly nails the hands of one of his cohorts, whom he (wrongly) suspects of stealing from him, to a snooker table.

You have to be patient with it, just to let the characters develop, but it's certainly an enjoyable film.

Very funny, enjoyable tale that is equal handed if a little sentimental .

Over touted, misbilled as drama, and only mildly entertaining.

We have a case where the whole matter was uninteresting.

(Brendan Gleeson) is so unwatchable as the lead.

It is a tough but ultimately sympathetic performance of a cop dragged unwillingly into the gutter.

Not a shot is wasted, the editing is fluid and evocative, and the central performance from Brendan Gleeson outstanding.

I first watched this in 1999 and enjoyed it then.

I saw it in the 14 Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata and I really enjoyed it.

When he does have it, like in POINT BLANK or HOPE AND GLORY, it's engaging and compelling, and he has a great story here(isn't it funny that while he's know for his visual work, his best films, like this and HOPE AND GLORY, he also wrote?

When he doesn't have it, like in BEYOND RANGOON or - sad to say, for me for the most part - DELIVERANCE, it's all empty.

" Moments that in a better film might come across as shocking or appalling are just dull and time-consuming here.

This is a fine and entertaining film.

You should never judge a book by its cover and just because this film is in B&W doesnt take anything away from a truly entertaining movie.