DVD: Perrier’s Bounty

Perrier’s Bounty

DIR: Ian Fitzgibbon • WRI: Mark O’Rowe • PRO: Elizabeth Karlsen, Alan Moloney, Stephen Woolley • DOP: Seamus Deasy • ED: Tony Cranstoun • DES: Amanda McArthur • CAST: Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Jodie Whittaker

Perrier’s Bounty premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival last September. It was written by Mark O’Rowe of Intermission fame and directed by Ian Fitzgibbon who co-wrote and directed a film called Spin The Bottle (2003) Michael (Cillian Murphy) owes mob boss Perrier (Brendan Gleeson) €1,000.

Various complications en-sue when Perrier’s henchmen try to hunt down Michael, his neighbour and friend Brenda (Jodie Whittaker) and Michael’s father Jim (Jim Broadbent).

Cillian Murphy’s performance is fine, nothing to write home about (like the film itself) Jodie Whittaker does okay, but she seems it a bit miscast. Jim Broadbent’s Irish accent keeps slipping; he should have kept his own Lincolnshire accent. Gabriel Byrne narrates as the Grim Reaper. In the middle of the film tells the audience what is ahead of the characters. One of the subjects of the film is foretelling. Which will make sense after you see it. Brendan Gleeson’s characterisation of Perrier is a bit too caricatured to be believable. There are some gags about Dublin clampers, which are amusing. There are some violent scenes through the 84-minute running time, which neatly shows the film’s elements of bland dark humour and supposedly serious moments.

After you watch this DVD, just ask yourself will I remember this in a week? Probably not, Perrier’s Bounty is forgettable, but not instantly, it’s worth one viewing, before it fizzles through your head like paper.

There are no problems with the sound and picture quality.

Extra Features:

There two six-minute interviews first with Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson and second with Jim Broadbent and Jodie Whittaker. The interviews don’t have to be any longer, because you’ll only watch them once. The usual questions are asked how did you get involved in the project? Why did you choose the project? It would have been interesting to see some on the set footage.

Peter Larkin

Perrier’s Bounty is available on DVD from 16th August

Extra DVD Features include: Trailer; Interview with Cillian Murphy & Brendan Gleeson; Interview with Jim Broadbent & Jodie Whittaker

Optimium Releasing

  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language English
  • Region: Region 2
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 – 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Elevation Sales
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 84 minutes

Click here for Film Ireland’s interview with Perrier’s Bounty writer Mark O’Rowe


2 Replies to “DVD: Perrier’s Bounty”

  1. Perriers Bounty is really good, what are ya talking about, – entertaining, fluid, well paced, good performances……..watch it – you will enjoy it

  2. I don’t agree at all with this review. The acting is great, the script is flowing, a perfectly formed film. Surprisingly nice soundtrack too. The fault I find most obvious in this film is Cillian Murphy. He is an excellent actor undoubtedly, but comedy of that nature isn’t his forte.

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