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Belfast-shot movie voted one of year's worst film releases

By Claire Regan

Breakfast On Pluto, which was filmed in and around Belfast, has been voted one of the worst movies released in 2006.

The Neil Jordan-directed movie garnered the unenviable accolade in a run-down by internet search engine MSN of its top 12 movie turkeys of the year.

The film, based on Patrick McCabe's controversial novel of the same name, was filmed in Glenavy and Belfast in late 2004. Starring acting heavyweights such as Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea, Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson, it received favour- able reviews on release this year.

Murphy's portrayal of Patrick Braden, who leaves the fictional town of Tyreelin in Ireland to become a transvestite cabaret singer in 1970s London, was particularly lauded by the critics.

But MSN reviewers were left distinctly unimpressed and placed it firmly in the top 12 worst of the year.

"Cillian Murphy showed massive promise in Batman Begins last year. And, to be fair, many were touched by his embodiment of a hard-done-by Irish trans- vestite here.

"But by the end of the near- 140-minute run-time, we were half-asleep," its review said.

Reeling In The Year: 2006 On Film also had bad news for fledgling Bangor actor Jamie Dornan after Marie Antoinette, in which he made his big screen debut, was also hailed one of the worst of the year.

The production, in which the Co Down singer/songwriter and model appeared alongside Kirsten Dunst, was branded "an unbearably dull period drama" .

"Where some critics were praising its elaborate sets, we were screaming at the screen for Kirsten Dunst to just say the cake line then get executed so we can all go home," the MSN critic said.

Breakfast On Pluto and Marie Antoinette were placed alongside Get Rich Or Die Tryin', Big Momma's House 2, Aeon Flux, Reeker, Garfield 2, Quentin Tarantino's Hostel, The Guardian, Barnyard, The Original Party Animals, Scenes Of A Sexual Nature and The Devil Wears Prada in the 'worst' list. Get Rich Or Die Tryin' was also made by an Irish director, Jim Sheridan.

There was better news for British film-maker Paul Greengrass who saw United 93 placed in the top 12 movies of the year. The English director is best known in Ulster as the director of Bloody Sunday (2002), an acclaimed documentary-drama surrounding the deaths of 13 marchers in Londonderry on January 30, 1972.

In United 93, Greengrass concentrated on events on board a plane hijacked by terrorists in the US on September 11, 2001.

Box office smash Borat unsurprisingly also won a place in the top 12 movie offerings of 2006, alongside The Queen, Casino Royale, The Departed, Brokeback Mountain, Syriana, Little Miss Sunshine, Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, Children of Men, Tsotsi and Brick.

12 worst movies of 2006

  • Breakfast On Pluto
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Get Rich or Die Tryin'
  • Big Momma's House 2
  • Aeon Flux
  • Reeker
  • Garfield 2
  • Hostel
  • The Guardian
  • Barnyard: The Original Party Animals
  • Scenes of a Sexual Nature
  • The Devil Wears Prada

12 best movies of 2006

  • United 93
  • Borat
  • The Queen
  • Casino Royale
  • The Departed
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Syriana
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • An Inconvenient Truth
  • Children of Men
  • Tsotsi
  • Brick

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