Perrier’s Bounty (2009)

Writing my piece on Violet&Daisy reminded me of another pretty violent film with a strong hint of Tarantino: Perrier’s Bounty. Not unknown, but definitely underrated, it is a film you should give a try if you have not yet seen it. But this recommendation comes with yet another caveat: it is not for faint-hearted people. There is some very graphic Tarantino-style violence in this film (though not in the same quantity as in a Tarantino film), and the violence is by no means as stylised and unreal as in Violet&Daisy.

Perrier’s Bounty is a gritty showdown film with many subtle comedic elements; and as such would not be anything special, as there are others of this kind. Yet the particular tone and manner which were chosen for this film definitely make it unique.
You will need a while to get used to this tone as well as the film’s pace, and especially the frequent mock philosophising. But, in my opinion, if you persevere it is well worth it – although it cannot be denied that there will probably be a number of people who will just not get used to the film’s quirkiness.

The cast speaks for itself: Cillian Murphy, Michael McElhatton, Brendan Coyle, Ned Dennehy, Jim Broadbent, Liam Cunningham, Brendan Gleeson… This is a huge assembly of some serious Irish and British talent, and while you know most of the faces from Hollywood, others you will more likely recognise from Game of Thrones.

Cillian Murphy plays the lead character. In debt to some hard-core Irish mobsters, he tries to wriggle his way out of trouble – only to get himself in even deeper. And a whole array of eccentric Irish characters make things additionally complicated for him.

Perrier’s Bounty feels like Tarantino with a large portion of unique Irish flair thrown into the mix, as well as a hint of The Big Lebowski. If you think you might like this sort of thing, I recommend you give this film a try (as long as you do not mind the violence).
As I said, after watching it some people will come to the conclusion that Perrier’s Bounty was too odd and too quirky for their taste and that they may neither want to re-watch nor to recommend it. But I would claim that even those people will nevertheless feel decently entertained while watching it.

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