Union Films Review: London Boulevard
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Promising at first look to be a gritty British thriller, London Boulevard soon dissolves into something of an identity crisis, caught between gangster flick, romantic drama and hints of something far more interesting that never fully materialises. William Monahan, in the dual role of writer and director, achieves none of the brilliance he demonstrated when penning the Oscar-winning screenplay of Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, and a stellar British cast are wasted in a film that struggles in vain to unite a series of messy subplots. Colin Farrell is ex-con Mitchell, fresh out of prison and determined to stay on the straight and narrow. The world, however, has other plans for him and he is soon embroiled in a dangerous criminal underworld led by bloodthirsty gangster Ray Winstone, while taking a day job as a ‘minder’ for Keira Knightley’s reclusive, paparazzi hounded film star. Before long he inevitably falls for his employer and simultaneously finds himself in deep water with the gangsters, making life a whole lot more complicated.
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