London Boulevard

2011-09-02 15:17
London Boulevard
What it's about:

After three years behind bars, Mitchel emerges from Pentonville Prison with good intentions. But when his old friend, Billy, a low-level gangster who’s looking for backup on a job, meets him upon release, Mitchel joins him in exchange for a place to live. While entangled in his past, Mitchel becomes involved in the life of Charlotte, a movie star holed up in a Holland Park mansion against a horde of reporters and photographers. Touched by her beauty and vulnerability, he quickly falls into the role of her protector, fending off aggressive paparazzi, stalkers and other villains, as well as Billy’s ploy to rob the house of its expensive art and vintage cars.

As the attraction between them grows and their relationship deepens, Mitchel and Charlotte make plans to start anew in Los Angeles. But Mitchel has already caught the eye of powerful and ruthless mob boss Gant, who sees him as a potentially valuable asset to his business. When Mitchel rebuffs a lucrative job offer, Gant sets out to ensnare him in a violent web of extortion and murder. As Gant’s tactics become increasingly vicious and deadly, it becomes clear he would rather see the younger man dead than free. Knowing no one close to him is safe from Gant’s wrath, including Charlotte and his troubled sister Briony, Mitchel decides to take a drastic move to settle things between them once and for all.

What the critics thought:

"London Boulevard is like a fancy, retro-styled pocket watch that someone accidentally broke and tried to reassemble with only a vague idea of clockwork." - Leslie Felperin, Variety

"Hard-boiled crime yarn with Irish wit, colorful characters and considerable style." - Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter

"It's a film with plenty of front, as they say, but uses up all its energy, wit and ideas in the first 20 or so minutes, before collapsing into a flurry of boring violence." - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]

Not every criminal wants to be one.

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