The highly-clouted Intermission is now on DVD, and while it is mildly entertaining, it definitely doesn't live up to the hype that critics created. The movie, which features an ensemble cast that includes such people as Colin Farrell and Colm Meaney, looks at several stories that all revolve around a single, fractured relationship.
Specifically, Intermission has a complicated web of relationships to deal with, all of which affect the others. John and Deirdre (Cillian Murphy and Kelly MacDonald, respectively) love another but many bad mistakes have left them separated. Deirde begins a relationship with an older man named Sam (Michael McElhatton), a banker, who in turn leaves Noeleen (Deirdre O'Kane), his wife of over a decade. Desperate to start over, Noeleen hits it off with a younger man named Oscar (David Wilmot), who is looking for love anywhere he can get it. Oscar is also John's best friend. All the while, small-time criminal Lehiff (Colin Farrell) is planning one last heist - by robbing Sam's bank. To do so, he'll need the help of John and Mick (Brian F. O'Byrne), a bus driver who was fired after crashing his bus. Of course, we need a cop (Colm Meaney) for good measure. Throw in about five more characters and a little kid who's really good at throwing rocks and we have ourselves an interesting concept.
Intermission can't really be called a comedy, nor can it be called a drama. There's definitely some crime and romance, but there are funny parts as well. Overall, it effectively hovers in between a variety of genres and the end result is a good one - an entertaining though not extremely powerful little film. It's one of those movies that you'll watch, enjoy it and then forget it about it.
I would have liked to see a bit more grit or more comedy; as the movie stands, nothing really major happens. The intertwining plots are clever, but the only memorable part is when Farrell flirts with a female clerk and then eventually punches her in the face so he can take her money.
Intermission is a fun, little movie that is worth a rental, but it'll be forgotten in a year's time.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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