(Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Ray Winstone, David Thewlis, Anna Friel, et al / DVD / R / 2012 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: The directorial debut of William Monahan, the Oscar®-winning screenwriter of The Departed, London Boulevard follows an ex-con trying to make a fresh start in a relationship with a reclusive actress.
DVD Verdict: So, about 20 mins in and my friend turns to me and says he could only make out about half the dialogue! Being British it was all OK for me, but this uber stylish thriller chock full of Cockney accents seems to have perplexed my friend!
And, looking at it from his perspective, I can honestly see why! For, at times, these Cockney accents are a little impossible to decipher. I kept turning up the sound for him, hoping to enable him to make out what they were saying a little clearer, but that didn't work either!
In the end, it didn't matter that much because the plot is fairly standard for a gangster flick, and things turn out pretty much as expected! With the usual Godfather-esque litany of brutal murders of all the enemies as the grand finale to the pent up violence we endure to reach that point, of course.
The story, as much as it is, is that Colin Farrell is a recently released convict who gets a bodyguard job for a shy star (Keira Knightley) who can't go out of the house without papparazi trailing. In truth, I was a tad bit mystified by her handyman who seems to be a nut job and who happily assists in a couple of unrelated hit, but that's for another day!
The conclusion may annoy you a bit, but it keeps you guessing a little. So, give this movie a whirl as it IS worth your time - just put the subtitles on, perhaps?! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
The Making of London Boulevard