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This twisted and obsessive love story follows Syd (Chris Evans), a strung-out, wealthy 20-something whose life is about to go from meaningless to futile. After a massive binging and drug spree, he awakes to the news that he is about to lose his "one true love" London (Jessica Biel) forever: Syd's ex-girlfriend is moving from New York to Los Angeles. Syd has one more chance to win her back, tonight, at her going-away party. Syd stocks up on cocaine and goes off to the party with Bateman (Jason Statham), a young English banker/part time drug dealer he's just met. Throughout the evening, however -- punctuated by regular drug breaks in the bathroom -- we discover that Syd's relationship problems involve more than friction with his girlfriend. Is there a light at the end of his tunnel?
London, a film written and directed by Hunter Richards, warns against the allure of cocaine as protagonist Sid (Chris Evans), loses his girlfriend, London, and also loses his mind from drug use. Set mostly in a bathroom at London's going away party, the film features Sid doing coke with various model-type chicks, while mustering up courage to go downstairs and make peace with his ex-girlfriend. London (Jessica Biel) instigates their breakup after sleeping around and failing to help Sid's depression, culminating in his suicide attempt. Sid's angst builds in the bathroom, as he gets higher, creating a tortured scenario reminiscent of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Finally, Sid faces London and starts a chaotic brawl. A side-plot involves Bateman (Jason Stathham), the coke dealer devoted to counseling Sid. Bateman soothes Sid's pain by describing the real frustration of impotency, manifesting itself in a love for S&M clubs. With such a simplistic plot, London is as devoid of logic as the lifestyle it glamorizes, making its pointlessness ingeniously vapid. Sid's quest for sanity is difficult to empathize with, since hes an egotistical, drug-addled loser. Sid repeatedly questions the existence of God between scenes of his failed relationship with London, obviously linking his heartbreak and his loss of faith. At its worst, London portrays a shallow, juvenile couple's inability to resolve personal issues. At best, London cleverly pits cocaine's sex appeal against the doomed fates of those who fall prey to it.--Trinie Dalton
- Commentary from Director Hunter Richards
- Deleted Scenes
- Behind the scenes featurette
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Thinking this movie would be as boring as all hell, and to be perfectly honest, buying it because of the names on the cover. And let's face--Jessica Biel...wow!
Boring was something this movie was not.
It's a love, a real world, backstreet love story. Sex, drugs and boos are part of the ultimate package.
Syd (Evans) is on the verge of self-destruction with drugs and boos, realizing his lost relationship with London (Biel) was harder on him than he thought it would be.
I've never seen Jessica Biel in such raw form; aside from the fantastic acting by the entire cast, the storyline written by director, Hunter Richards.
This is love on the breaking point of all breaking points.
I can highly recommend this movie and be very confident that if you do rent or buy it, you'd be satisfied with the result.
--Joseph McGee, author of In the Wake of the Night, Phil's Place and Darkness Won't Rest: Phils Place II
In closing, this has flaws but overall makes up for them in the end.