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The film where Pierce Brosnan (almost) plays Gerry Adams is on Netflix now

That’s the weekend viewing sorted, so.

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THE FOREIGNER, THE film in which Pierce Brosnan plays Gerry Adams but doesn’t play Gerry Adams, has hit Netflix today.

The film stars Jackie Chan as a father whose daughter is killed in a bomb claimed by a group called the Authentic IRA.

Brosnan plays a former IRA member who is now an Irish “deputy minister”.

Chan thinks he may know about the bombing, Brosnan says he doesn’t – intrigue ensues.


Reviews for the film have been mixed to strong, with Forbes calling it “a fine action thriller”:

Brosnan delivers what he’s been giving us for the last 15 years (Tailor of Panama, November Man, No Escape, etc.), namely a grizzled, cynical, somewhat real-world version of a would-be government agent possibly gone to rot.

A quick glance at the trailer or the film shows one unexpected flaw – Brosnan’s accent.

As wrote:

Hennessy, an antihero defined by Brosnan’s atrocious Irish accent and a forehead peppered with liver spots that seem to proliferate with every extreme closeup, spends a lot of time on the phone, and drinking Scotch. He also does what every other Bourne-style government wonk does: repeatedly curse out his men about how they’re always a few steps behind the Authentic IRA, and Quan, the latter of whom has declared a personal war on Hennessy since the Irishman has previously worked with the IRA.

The film holds a 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

As for Adams, he was happy enough with the early photos:

Read: Pierce Brosnan looks VERY like Gerry Adams in his new film

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