*/**** Image A- Sound B+
starring Kevin Spacey, Linda Fiorentino, Peter Mullan, Stephen Dillane
screenplay by Gerard Stembridge
directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan
by Walter Chaw Completed about a year after John Boorman's infinitely superior The General, Thaddeus O'Sullivan's Ordinary Decent Criminal is a sporadic "fictionalizing" of the life of Irish crime boss Martin Cahill that dresses up Cahill's exploits with slick visuals while attempting the unsavory task of doing exactly what The General was accused of doing: making urban terrorism and torture whimsical caper fare. Recasting Cahill as a Keyser Soze with a sense of oily humor and renaming him Michael Lynch (Kevin Spacey), Ordinary Decent Criminal is extraordinarily lightweight blather free entirely of the sense of scale and place of Boorman's film. The General is fantastic, Ordinary Decent Criminal: just fatuous.