Today, I was really craving to watch a movie I’d seen before. However, I was busy and knew I didn’t have time to watch two movies. So I went to Rotten Tomatoes and put in the movies I wanted to watch, The Losers, Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Unfortunately nearly all the movies they suggested. Three were left, two weren’t on Netflix so I watched London Boulevard, which had also been suggested by a friend a bit ago.
I’m always leary of Colin Farrell movies because he’s kinda hit and miss with me. But this one, he’s actually likable. He plays Mitchel, an ex-con with zero desire to go back in again. However, everyone he knows wants him to go right back into the criminal world.
At a party he meets Charlotte (Keira Knightley), a well known actress that wants to hire him for a legitimate job, groundskeeper but mainly keeping the photographers away. As much as he wants to just do this his past refuses to go away and soon he’s sought after to help burgle the actresses house. Unfortunately when he refuses he pisses off Gant (Ray Winstone). What follows is a bit of a cat and mouse game where Mitchel tries to hold on to the new life he wants without letting Gant drag him into a world he no longer has use for.
Unlike The Losers and Snatch this is not really an ensemble cast, however there are very distinct secondary cast members who add to the plot, not just filling in the scenery. My particular favorites are Briony (Anna Friel), Mitchel sister who seem to try to subsist completely on alcohol, money and sex and Jordan (David Thewlis), an actor who lives with Charlotte but it’s never quite clear what relationship they have. Butler, personal assistant, and constant companion, Jordan seems to be one of the few people who knows what’s all going on.
With an amazing soundtrack as a backdrop this movie while not driven by a lot of action was still pretty good. Decent plot, a main character you could care about and interesting ending. I didn’t see it coming but I’m sure others will.