"Intermission" has one of the most misleading openings in recent memory. Colin Farrell's Lehiff is turning on his charm full force for a Dublin cafe waitress only to sock her in the jaw and grab the cash from her register. By the end of the credits he's on top of a moving car, threatening to smash its windshield unless the driver hands over his vehicle.
Introducing itself as a needlessly violent action picture, "Intermission" turns out to be a tedious and under-inspired comedy about a dozen all-too-ordinary Dubliners leading lives of not-so-quiet desperation that intersect with one another improbably.
John (Cillian Murphy), who works with his pal Oscar (David Wilmot) at a vast supermarket run by a petty tyrant (Owen Rowe), sets an intricate plot in motion when he blows up at his girlfriend, Deirdre (Kelly Macdonald), foolishly accusing her of infidelity. This propels her into an affair with a married bank manager, Sam (Michael McElhatton), which prompts the wife (Deirdre O'Kane) to take out her rage at her husband on sweet-natured Oscar when he becomes her lover. Lehiff in turn pops up to recruit John in a heist of Sam's bank.
Numerous other subplots are unduly intriguing or even worth discussing, but the most heavy-handed involves a frustrated junior TV producer (Tom O'Sullivan) struggling to document the activities of a hot-headed, loose-cannon cop (Colm Meaney).