I'm really tired of calling something a mildly good film, because it's a sign of how little greatness we've received so far this year. It's not necessarily a bad thing, as some films only set out to be moderately good. The Guard is one of those films without high aspirations. It's not looking to blow away anything else in the market, like many of the films that have failed this year. It's taking what it is for what it is, and that's something redeemable enough.