A Belfast Story Reviews
1. As far as i am aware Poles or Lithuanians did not engage in an armed struggle in Northern Ireland never mind get to the heights of First Minister.
2. The Primary School which designed the uniform and badge doesn't even deserve credit.
3. There is probably more than one sole plain clothed officer within the Northern Ireland Police Service.
4. Chief Constables would not tend to meet informants whilst dressed in full uniform, never mind attending murder scenes.
5. The police badge is modelled on the UPS logo.
6. If a gibbering idiot hid a 'burn' mobile phone in a flower pot in a general office they wouldn't be high on the list of recruits for any terrorist organisation.
7. One particularly ridiculous murder, can anyone tell me how it occurred?
8. Platitudes never go down well with audiences so the 50 or so contained in here embarrass and then annoy in equal measure.
9. If a police force/service have enough sense to search a house and plant listening devices they might actually have the sense to search the garages 30 feet away.
10. Why oh why didn't someone who actually had a brain take the idea to a professional film company with a competent cast, good cinematographer and above all a sensible script writer. I am actually ill with the thought that a wider audience, around the world, will watch this and think it bears any semblance to my country or the local 'talent' is indicative of what we actually have here.
Please, please , please take the financial hit and withdraw this dross immediately. I know that some films are so bad they develop a cult status but this goes way beyond that. The worst film I have seen in my lifetime, and i went to the cinema to see Hitman!!!
I don't get why some of the pretentious critics are ragging on it, I went to see the film despite the comments and found it to be a good watch with little of the complaints they mention.
Expecting some sort of troubles rehash the first few scenes soon changed that as the film introduces a gritty sort of alternate reality. With a nice balance between familiar scenery and bloody murders it flows better than I'd have thought and haunting music gave the whole piece additional atmosphere.
Colm was good as always alongside a cast that seemed to be entirely Irish (which was nice, none of those awful put on accents American films are always using) with the exception of Malcolm Sinclair and the acting was overall pretty good.
The concept is daring and certain areas might struggle a little now and then from the sheer weight but having seen it for myself I'm surprised by the bad press it's gotten, especially for a local film which ought to get some support. I know I'll be recommending it at the very least.
At press screenings, it's common to see the same old faces. At the Dublin screening of 'A Belfast Story', however, many critics were conspicuous by their absence. The writer-director, Nathan Todd, has come under fire in Ireland and the UK for an exceptionally tasteless press pack sent out to various media outlets across the British Isles, a pack that included a balaclava, duct tape and nails. Anyone with the merest knowledge of recent Irish history can see how offensive and misjudged a stunt this was. In response, many Irish and British critics have refused to give the film coverage. While I can understand their reticence, I've decided to "play the ball, not the man", as the old Irish saying goes.
Todd should be relieved at the lack of coverage as he's turned out the shoddiest film I've seen since last year's 'Charlie Casanova', sadly another movie hailing from the emerald isle I call home. The publicity stunt had me believing Todd must be an American, as surely no-one from Ireland or Britain could could be so insensitive to the recent politics of the area. The animated credit sequence, which features a left-hand drive car, cemented this thought in my mind. As it turns out, Todd is an Irishman, which makes the film all the more baffling.
Todd seems to set out to make a serial-killer drama in the mold of David Fincher's 'Seven', with Meaney, who struggles with the "Norn Iron" accent here, in the role of the burnt out detective who's set to retire. Todd is no Fincher. With the exception of Meaney, everything in this film smacks of an amateur production. The acting is atrocious, (unusual for an Irish production as it's generally our strength), and the horrifically written dialogue doesn't help matters. The soap opera style lighting is so harsh you can almost see the reflection of the camera crew in Meaney's forehead, and Todd's set-piece construction provokes unintentional laughter as he attempts to ape masters like Brian de Palma and Sergio Leone. The most hilarious set-piece involves a poisoned fish supper and has to be seen to be believed.
If you're distanced enough from the Northern Ireland situation, this could actually serve as a "so bad it's terrific" post-pub watch, as it rivals the productions of Ed Wood for unintended hilarity.