Fans Are Calling New Netflix Thriller With Ensemble Cast The 'Irish Avengers'

A gripping thriller reminiscent of "The Avengers" stars Liam Neeson and features Jack Gleeson's return to acting, earning praise on Netflix.

Irish Avengers

A recent thriller has drawn comparisons to a major blockbuster, delighting fans with its impressive ensemble cast. Netflix recently debuted this captivating new film, earning praise from viewers for its recognizable actors, particularly its Hollywood A-lister lead. Drawing parallels to the success of "The Avengers," this 2023 release also marks the cinematic comeback of one of its stars, notably known for their villainous role on the HBO series "Game of Thrones."

Highlighted for its stellar cast, the movie premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September of the previous year before becoming available on Netflix on Friday, April 25th, attracting the attention of millions of users on the platform.

Set against the backdrop of 1974 Ireland, the storyline revolves around Finbar Murphy (portrayed by Liam Neeson), a man leading a tranquil life in Glencolmcille, a coastal town sheltered from the political turmoil gripping the rest of the country. However, his attempt to leave his troubled past behind is disrupted when a group of terrorists, led by Doireann (played by Kerry Condon), descends upon the town, determined to unearth Finbar's hidden identity.

Directed by Robert Lorenz, the film boasts an illustrious cast with Oscar-winning Neeson alongside fellow nominees Kerry Condon and Ciarán Hinds. Titled "In the Land of Saints and Sinners," the movie showcases a tale that can be previewed in the trailer below.


Of notable mention is the return of Jack Gleeson to the silver screen. Renowned for his portrayal of the despised King Joffrey Baratheon in "Game of Thrones," Gleeson famously retired from acting following his character's demise by poison. Pursuing other interests, he ventured into theatre roles and later made appearances in BBC miniseries such as "Out of Her Mind." His reemergence in this thriller marks a significant milestone, complementing his roles in "Sex Education" and "The Famous Five." Colm Meaney, who portrays Robert McQue in the film, shared insights on the film's anticipation, echoing the sentiments of an exceptional script and an exceptional cast.

With an impressive audience score of 75 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has garnered favorable reception since its release. Social media platforms buzz with praise from fans.

"It’s a great cast and a great script, so yeah, fingers crossed. High hopes for it."

One commented: "Really enjoyed watching this! Glencolmcille has a huge piece of my heart. It was amazing to see it being recognised. A beautiful place in a beautiful country."

Another commented: "Just finished watching the new Liam Neeson film on Netflix. In The Land of Saints &Sinners. Very good and stunning scenery n Donegal."