Director and co-screenwriter Terry George ambitiously tries to get laughs from quirky behavior while simultaneously building tension in Stand Off
, a Dublin-set hostage thriller that seems equal part gritty crime film and warmhearted character comedy -- it’s a fusion of Sexy Beast
and Waking Ned Devine
Martin McCann plays Jimbo, a young Irish tough guy who owes the sociopathic local crime boss, Mad Dog Flynn (David O’Hara), far more money than he can scrape together. In a last-ditch attempt to steal the dough he needs, Jimbo swipes the daily take from a nearby fish market. However, he doesn’t exactly make a clean getaway, and soon he’s cha...