A Field In England 2013 NR CC

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England - 1648 AD. A group of English Civil War soldiers in the 17th century are captured by an alchemist and led into a vast mushroom field, where they fall victim to violent and nightmarish forces.

Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando
1 hour, 31 minutes

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A Field In England

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Genres Drama, Horror
Director Ben Wheatley
Starring Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando
Supporting actors Richard Glover, Ryan Pope, Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley, Sara Dee
Studio Drafthouse Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Foolishness posing as art film.
Maybe something happened later on in the film, but I didn't watch all of it before getting bored and turning it off.
I started to watch it one evening and fell asleep during the first twenty minutes.

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Smrz on May 10, 2014
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Straightaway, I must say that director Ben Wheatley has created a film that I feel is indeed polarizing, to say the least! The plot, which involves a small group of 3 English Civil War deserters, an alchemist and his assistant, and a field in England, is very well explained by the above review by Robert Beveridge. The events all take place in 1648 England, and yes, all occur in a filed in England, which just happens to contain a circle of hallucinogenic mushrooms. That is on the surface, so to speak. I say this because, in this film, time and space don't have conventional meanings, but instead move at a different speed. Some viewers will find this film as some sort of pretentious slop, while others will consider it a masterpiece! The film is not recommended for anybody who does not have an open mind. Some will absolutely hate the film, while others will embrace it with both an open mind and heart, as well. That said, I shall move on and declare that the film is indeed surreal, and operates on several levels and layers, as well. Mysticism and folklore are indeed prevalent in this film. I found the cinematography, which is in B&W, to be excellent, and add an extra dimension to the story. I also found the musical score, which is a mix of electronica combined with acoustic, rustic guitar playing, to also add an additional dimension to the film. I found the film to be a bit too violent for my own taste, but really, it is framed by a war around it, so what should one expect. I found the acting, for the most part, to be very good to excellent, as well. I especially found Michael Smiley's devilish alchemist to be excellent! The sound mixing and sound editing also add an essential element to the film, and credit should be therefore given to Martin Pavey, who created the sound design.Read more ›
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 18, 2014
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A Field in England (Ben Wheatley, 2013)

Four men walk across a field. One of them carries a pike; the other three are unarmed, which is somewhat odd considering that all four of them are, in various degrees, deserters from a battle taking place on the other side of a hedgerow from where they initially met. (What battle this is, presumably, I have been unable to figure out; the First English Civil War was over by 1648, but Cutler specifically mentions Oliver Cromwell at one point; I think Cromwell at the time was over in Ireland quelling the natives there in 1648.) One of them, Whitehead by name (Shaun of the Dead's Reece Shearsmith), is an educated man, apprentice to an alchemist, and he is on a mission. The others—Jacob (Starred Up's Peter Ferdinando), Friend (Malevolence's Richard Glover), and Cutler (Velvet Goldmine's Ryan Pope)—he's the one with the pike—are all men who had been more directly involved in the combat. But here I'm getting ahead of myself; at this point, the four of them are simply walking across a field. That scene, a long, stationary take about fifteen minutes into the movie, reminded me strongly of a similar scene, coming at roughly a similar time, in Meek's Cutoff, where the three wives are walking in a very composed, very studied diagonal line behind the covered wagon. That sort of deliberate composition pervades A Field in England, as well, more so than any of Wheatley's other films to date. It is a film that revels in its artifice, and because of that, I think, it's going to end up being polarizing; those familiar with Wheatley will find it either his best feature or his worst. I fall on the former side, just as I did with Meek's Cutoff.

As I said, the four of them are no longer a part of the battle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 5, 2015
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I completely understand the negative reviews. That having been said...

This film will go over the heads of a lot of people simply because they don't get the unusual, psychedelic, good verses evil, avaunt guard, intellectual aspect of this visual compelling, as well as emotional film.

The majority of people now a days just want a quick, mindless immersion into a fantasy that they can watch and absorb to escape their everyday boredom. THIS MOVIE IS NOT THAT FILM. It has so many "period based" puns, Gothic humor, references and symbolism that most modern day "I want to be entertain quick and shamelessly" type people just do not, and will not, get it.

NOW, that having been said, this film does drag on a bit (hence me dropping it to a 4 star film). But, the acting and Shakespearean stylistic essence of the film is very immerse. If you can read or watch Shakespeare, in period language, and be comfortable with that, as well as absorb The Clockwork Orange or Train Spotting then you should be able to easily understand and enjoy this movie.

Once again, this is not some fluff film that will simply let you get "mind-numbed" and then you go about your business after the credits roll. It is deep and gets even deeper. My suggestion to a potential viewer would be to pour a tasty beverage, make yourself comfortable and then (knowing full well its a mind bender and trip) enjoy the movie. Enjoy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erik Waterkotte on May 27, 2014
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Ben Wheatley has made another thrilling and strange film (like his Kill List). A Field in England is categorized as Horror here but that isn't quite correct...it is more experimental and although beautiful, has a paced, simple narrative (think a contemporary approach to Ingmar Bergman's Seventh Seal). Magic, psychedelics, war, and social structure are all explored in this film via dialogue and images; with images/audio and perception playing a primary role. Actors Michael Smiley and Peter Ferdinando have incredible performances integrating acting and voiceovers. I think it's exciting to see a contemporary, emerging director like Wheatley making an experimental feature film. Fans of Jodorowsky will be interested in this film which I think is one of the best psychedelic films ever made.
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