In a warm-up role for Fifty Shades of Grey’s cold-hearted tycoon, Jamie Dornan plays a ruthless hedge-fund whiz who heads to Belgium on a bizarre mission in bland Euro romance Racing Hearts (aka Flying Home).
As it happens, he’s there to bilk a local pigeon fancier out of his prize bird on behalf of the Arab sheikh he wants to win as a client for his firm. But his quest goes awry when he falls for his would-be victim’s comely granddaughter (Charlotte De Bruyne).
The plot couldn’t be more bird-brained, the drama is flatter than Flanders and the leads’ love story won’t set viewers hearts aflutter. But it’s curious to see Gold Blend ad couple Anthony Head and Sharon Maughan as Dornan’s (American) parents, and we do learn some interesting facts about the role pigeons played in World War One.
Certificate 12A. Runtime 93 mins. Director Dominique Deruddere
Racing Hearts debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on Tuesday 8 August.