The Belly of the Whale
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.