The Belly of the Whale

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - CINEMA - HILARY A WHITE

Cert: 15A; Now show­ing

Ron­ald (Pat Shortt) has put the last of his cash into a lame horse and is now out of ideas on how to raise money for his wife’s med­i­cal treat­ment. Joey (Lewis Mac­dougall), is an aloof teenager who’s re­turned to his grimy sea­side home­town to re­open a car­a­van park. They hatch a plan to rip off the lo­cal amuse­ment ar­cade run by dodgy politi­cian Gits He­garty (Michael Smi­ley).

Ir­ish cin­ema de­serves to be held up to a very high level con­sid­er­ing our tal­ent pool as well as suc­cess on the in­ter­na­tional stage. For this rea­son, it is per­plex­ing to see the release of lack­lus­tre fare such as this dull, unin­spired, and in­com­plete ca­per that does no one any favours, not least debu­tant director Mor­gan Bushe nor other­wise fine ac­tors such as Smi­ley and Shortt.

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