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Mystics

Whimsy is the word for "Mystics," which practically drowns in Irish blarney. Two elderly ex-vaudevillians (Milo O'Shea and David Kelly) operate a genteel seance scam until a recently deceased mob boss decides to use them to channel his posthumous plan for a last great heist. Older cable auds would appear the likeliest target.

With:
With: Milo O'Shea, David Kelly, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Liam Cunningham.

Whimsy is the word for “Mystics,” which practically drowns in Irish blarney. From the opening “dog’s eye view,” every situation comes equipped with a built-in wink and elbow-nudging chuckle. Two elderly ex-vaudevillians (the ever-charming Milo O’Shea and “Waking Ned Divine” star David Kelly) operate a genteel seance scam until a recently deceased mob boss decides to use them to channel his posthumous plan for a last great heist. Comedy’s broad strokes and suspense-free action seem unlikely to attract Stateside distrib, particularly since lead draws are absent from much of pic. Older cable auds would appear the likeliest target.

Two self-styled mystics scurry around trying to reconcile the mutually exclusive expectations of the late mobster Big Mac, his gang, a rival gang and the police. Meanwhile, a convoluted cops-and-robbers farce develops around the heist, but with little real tension or panache. The one surprise involves the gangster’s savvy wife Foxy. Tech credits are polished but, like David Blair’s direction, unimaginative and overdrawn.

Mystics

Ireland

Production: An M.R. Film Development/Murphia Pictures production in association with the Irish Film Board. Produced by Michael Sullivan, Nigel Warren Green. Co-producers, Carrie Comerford, Emma Scott. Executive producer, Michael Ryan. Directed by David Blair. Screenplay,Wesley Burrowes from a story by Mark O'Sullivan.

Crew: Camera (color), Donal Gilligan; editor, Mark Day. Reviewed at Film Fleadh, New York, March 23, 2003.

With: With: Milo O'Shea, David Kelly, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Liam Cunningham.

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