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London Boulevard (Film)

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 July, 2011, 12:00am

Moody crime drama London Boulevard follows Mitch (Collin Farrell), an ex-gangster just released from prison, who falls in love with a reclusive movie star Charlotte (Keira Knightley), and finds himself in a duel with a vicious gangster.

The British film is based on a novel by Ken Bruen, with screenplay and direction by William Monahan, who won an Oscar for writing the screenplay for Martin Scorsese's The Departed.

It is an adaptation of the classic Hollywood film Sunset Boulevard and is set in the violent underworld of south London.

Farrell is superb in his portrayal of someone desperate to get his life back. But his past is less willing to let him go. Although he finds a job as a bodyguard for the vulnerable superstar, Charlotte, he soon gets caught up in the violent world of crime once again.

The film focuses on a question almost all gangster movies seem to want to answer: is our destiny really up to us? Can we change the path of our lives if we are really determined to do so? It is not until the very end that the answers are revealed.

The movie does contain strong language, though the audience is spared some horrific, gruesome killings which are left to their imagination. Nevertheless, the ending is liable to make you wake up in the middle of the night, feeling unnerved and a little depressed.

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