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London Boulevard [Blu-ray] (2011)

Colin Farrell , Keira Knightley , William Monahan  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Ray Winstone, David Thewlis, Anna Friel
  • Directors: William Monahan
  • Writers: William Monahan, Ken Bruen
  • Producers: Colin Vaines, Graham King, Jacob Rush, Justine Suzanne Jones, Quentin Curtis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006ISJQBC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,672 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "London Boulevard [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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. A sexy, stylish gangster thriller bristling with wit and brutal intrigue, London Boulevard stars Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley as star-crossed lovers who run afoul of one of London’s most vicious crime bosses.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars different April 4, 2012
Format:DVD
some may view this as a typical british gangster movie and if that's a turn off don't bother watching it. don't watch it for the supposed romance between kiera knightley and colin farrel. don't watch it because most people seem to hate it. watch it for the difference in language. nothing is a shock in this movie but it's well paced and provides a transport from reality for a little over an hour. isn't that what movies are for?
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gangster Flick Is A Blast May 11, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Brian DePalma was considered a master plagiarist by many. It's with little irony that "London Boulevard" reminds you of DePalma's "Carlito's Way". Director William Monahan also references Martin Scorsese which also ironically Monahan wrote the Oscar winning script for "The Departed" which was a reimagining of the Hong Kong crime thriller "Infernal Affairs". The question you ask yourself is Monahan's effort more than the sum of it's influences? The answer to me is a resounding yes. Similarities to other films cannot be denied but when done right you call it a homage. Monahan introduces enough unique fluorishes and twists to elevate it above mere copycat status. Colin Farrell is magnetic and macho as the recently released con who wants to go straight in a world that keeps pulling him into a life of crime. Ray Winstone adds another indelible portrait to his personal rogues gallery as a sadistic crime boss. David Thewlis nearly steals the show as the foppish manager of Keira Knightley's papparazzi stalked movie starlet. The film kept me rapt and invigorated throughout. For those who would dismiss "London Boulevard" as derivative I ask you to consider Bogart, Cagney, and Edward G. They were gangster archetypes who didn't play the same character twice. "London Boulevard" is a variation of the British gangster tradition that includes "Get Carter", "The Long Good Friday", "Mona Lisa" and "Sexy Beast'.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars For once the critics were correct December 27, 2012
Format:DVD
It seems to me they left out the plot to this movie. Most of the characters are cardboard, things happen that are meant to "ironic" but which really were just the directory/writer trying to write themselves out of corner. The ending was very unsatisfying, and came on like they had forgotten about it and then realized they were almost out of film. You'd think that with the people involved it could have been interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New April 17, 2013
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Despite the sleek look and neo noir aspirations, this movie is nothing more than the old 40's John Garfield chesnut about the guy who's out of jail and decides to go straight but "destiny" has other plans. Well, nothing works. The filmmaker can't seem to make up his mind about Redemption, Vendetta or Romance. So the whole thing curdles way before its predictable ending (you know the "doomed hero" is going to be done in by that teen punk he decides not to kill - I guess this is called Dramatic Irony 101). None of the characters, except for the always charismatic Farrell, are people we care about or root for. The villain is so mean it's beyond caricature - he belongs in an Austin Powers flik. The look of the film is polished as all get-up but adds to the emptiness of the material, and the Yardbird tunes, classic as they are, are used for no apparent reason - is the story supposed to take place in the 60's, does the leading man collect old rock ditties? Kiera Knightley, usually a superb actress and always a stunning presence, is stuck with a thankless part of a wimpy character with no interesting lines of dialogue to say. She seems to fall for Colin Farrell not just because he's the leading man and such an irresistible hunk, but also because, next to the David Thewlis character (her protector from the paparazzi), he looks like he bathes at least once a day - maybe he learned that in prison. There are a lot of subordinate characters and quasi-subplots that seem to be there simply as filler - certainly none of them advance the plot any. Which brings me to this: it is always a danger when writers (or stars) decide to direct their own material with no one there to keep their feet on terra firma. This particular writer-director seems to fall into that category. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If only it stayed with the book November 23, 2012
Format:DVD
Great start. And then they changed the original in major ways. Some great bad guys. Strong and gritty performances. Colin's character is a gem. If only they stayed with the story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Action and Unexpected Ending! April 2, 2012
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Colin Farrel is superb in one of the best movies I have seen this year and have never heard of!

This movie has good action, acting and is totally unpredictable, which is rare in movies today. Also the soundtrack is fantastic, good classic and emo/brit pop. I would say this is a must see for any Pulp Fiction or overall action movie fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This could have been good July 25, 2013
Format:DVD
What a shame. This could have been a good movie. Keira and Colin do a great job on what they had, there are a lot of actors that you will recognize as well and they play their parts well too. A weak story line, and just too much profanity. I understand the developing of the "mood" with the language used, but it was over the top for me.

You might want to rent this one before you buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding !! May 11, 2013
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Great film! Should go along the lines of Layercake and Drive. Keira Knightley and Farrell are great and the supporting cast is also amazing. If you are a film buff and like "cult or indie" flicks, this is a MUST OWN!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not that good.
Published 2 months ago by The Fam
1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed...
Colin Farrell is the ONLY thing going for this film. I enjoyed his acting and portrayal, but the rest of the film leaves too much to be desired! Yuck. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John W. Ellis II
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark but Compelling
London Boulevard paints a grisly image of London Underworld and smacks of The Krays at times. Farrell and Knightly give outstanding performances and the ending certainly takes you... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Neville Ian Corbet
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible
I read some outstanding reviews before purchasing this movie. I can only imagine they were written by teenage film students. This is an awful movie. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Reb
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I really enjoyed this movie. It was a good picture. The cinematography was good but a little dark. The scenery was from the dark side of London. Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. MacDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the kinda of movie Farrell dose best in.
I enjoyed this movie and will suggest it to friends. This part for him was a good match. I'am not given to spoil the surprise but it is a good watch.
Published 8 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars colin Farrell is a great actor
Colin Farrell is one of my favorite actors. I like almost all of his movies simply because he is in them
Published 9 months ago by sue dillmanws
5.0 out of 5 stars IMHO
It is GREAT to see William Monahan finally direct a movie, after so many great screenplays. Colin Farrell, Keira Knightly, Ray Winstone, David Thewlis and Anna Friel ("I... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Easy Goer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not great
I enjoyed the book and frankly I thought the film was not up to par.
There are better action movies.
Published 12 months ago by Robert Goudreau Robert Goudreau
5.0 out of 5 stars Another movie I enjoyed watching.
No surprises here, plot is simple and even though you know what will happen before it does it is still ok. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Spider K. Blues
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