Review: ‘Waiting for Dublin’

"Waiting for Dublin" can't end soon enough. From the first moments, it's hard to think of a faker replication of WWII in the movies. Adrift on the fest circuit for more than a year, "Dublin" will vanish during its brief Stateside theatrical run.

Waiting for Dublin” can’t end soon enough. From the first moments, it’s hard to think of a faker replication of WWII in the movies, with Allied flyboys sounding as though had they time-traveled from today, Dutch actors cast as Nazi soldiers with thick Dutch accents and a jolly Eire setting straight from an Irish Spring commercial. Besides a lovely discovery in red-maned actor Jade Yourell, the pic’s only interest lies in some fine aerial sequences featuring fighter planes from the era. Adrift on the fest circuit for more than a year, “Dublin” will vanish during its brief Stateside theatrical run.

Having foolishly bet $10,000 with an Al Capone associate that he’ll shoot down a fifth enemy plane to earn his stripes as an ace, Mike (Andrew Keegan, miscast) must make an emergency landing with co-pilot Twickers (Hugh O’Conor) in the remote Irish countryside. With Ireland neutral during wartime, the flyboys must wait for a Dublin cop (Frank Kelly) to drive cross-country to retrieve them. Absurd complications and annoying dollops of whimsy are desperately served up, while Mike ends up fighting for the heart of pretty lass Maggie (Yourell).

Waiting for Dublin

U.S.-Belgium

Production

A Cinema Libre Distribution (in U.S.) release of a Cinema Libre Studio (U.S.)/Corsan (Belgium) presentation of a Waiting for Dublin production, in association with IAC Films, Merlin Films, Scion Films. Produced by Paul Breuls, Catherine Vandeleene. Executive producer, Martin DeWitte. Co-producers, Kieran Corrigan, Jeff Abberley, Julia Blackman. Co-executive producers, Guy Collins, Michael Ryan. Directed by Roger Tucker. Screenplay, Chuck Conaway.

Crew

Camera (color), Marc Felperlaan; editor, Les Healey; music, Alfred Van Acker, Mark Thomas; production designers, Alan Farquharson, Crispian Sallis; costume designers, Aishling Byrne, Maggie Reynish. Reviewed on DVD, Los Angeles, March 10, 2009. (In Shanghai Film Festival.) Running time: 83 MIN.

With

With: Andrew Keegan, Jade Yourell, Hugh O'Conor, Jenne Decleir, Guido De Craene, Frank Kelly, Des Braiden, Pat Laffan, Don Foley.
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