A Belfast Story

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A Belfast Story

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Tue Sep 17 2013

The director of this Belfast-set, Troubles-themed thriller was forced to make a squirming apology after a PR cock-up last month: he sent out a promo pack containing a balaclava and nails to film critics. Don’t go expecting anything much smarter from his film. Colm Meaney (last seen going postal in ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’) is the best thing here as a detective investigating the assassinations of ex-IRA men. He’s one of those shabby-mac, philosophical, soon-to-retire maverick sorts. But the script isn’t nearly clever enough for that, leaving Meaney to convey a lot with his eyebrows.

The acting is ropey in places, with characters talking in wildly unconvincing fully formed speeches. A first minister with IRA links looks a likely next target for the killers. Who’s responsible: loyalists or dissident republicans? Meaney has a hunch it’s a personal vendetta. As a snapshot of modern Belfast, the point is that horrors of the past are still present, but honestly, this isn’t exactly awash with moral ambiguity.

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UK release:

Fri Sep 20, 2013

Cast and crew

Director:

Nathan Todd

Screenwriter:

Nathan Todd

Cast:

Colm Meaney

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brian Mc Daid

This was the worst film I have ever seen. Colm Meaney should be ashamed to put his name to this film. The acting is so bad its embarrasing. I have lived in Belfast for the last 50 years the person who wrote this nonsense must have either been on dope or have never been to Belfast. Don't waste your money.

mtforshort

You use the word veteran to discribe the IRA. You should use the words "murdering cowardly terrorists" as that is what they were and are. Don't add to the constant drivel of glorifying their past.