With the exception of Joel and Ethan Coen, there may not be a more talented duo of siblings working in cinema today than the McDonagh Brothers. Of course, the two don’t work together on their films like the Coens, and each has their own distinct voices. Martin McDonagh is the brain behind In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths and John Michael McDonagh is behind The Guard and Calvary. What bonds these two brothers’ style of filmmaking is the manner with which they’re able to craft stories that are violent and hard-boiled in nature, yet with an incredible undercurrent of moral and philosophical quandaries that are punctuated with a sardonic sense of humor.
For the first time as a feature film writer-director, John Michael McDonagh is taking his stories outside of Ireland with War on Everyone, the action-comedy starring Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña. McDonagh did a wonderful job subverting the buddy cop genre with The Guard, which played out like an incredibly Irish version of Hot Fuzz with deeper moral implications of friendship and dark pasts. Today brings us the first trailer for McDonagh’s latest and it looks absolutely delightful in the darkly comic violent abuse of power kind of way.
Sadly, as of press time, War on Everyone doesn’t have a release date for the United States, but those lucky son of a guns on the other side of the pond are able to check out John Michael McDongah’s latest on October 7th. Until Saban Films announces a US release date, I’ll be sitting over here anxiously awaiting the War on Everyone.
The official synopsis for War on Everyone:
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Terry Monroe (Skarsgård) and Bob Bolaño (Peña) are two corrupt cops who set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate someone who is more dangerous than they are. Or is he?
Known for his distinctively witty sensibility and confrontational humour, McDonagh previously wrote and directed the acclaimed drama Calvary, starring Brendan Gleeson, and offbeat comedy The Guard, also starring Gleeson alongside Don Cheadle, which became a worldwide sleeper hit.