London Boulevard

November 11th 2011
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 103 min,
  • IFC Releasing
  • Cast: Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, David Thewlis, Anna Friel, Ben Chaplin, Ray Winstone, Eddie Marsan, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Stephen Graham, Ophelia Lovibond, Jamie Campbell Bower, Velibor Topic, Lee Boardman, Alan Williams, Jonathan Cullen, Damir Koluder, Nick Bartlett, Matt King, Jamie Blackley, Sarah Niles, Elly Fairman, Julian Littman
  • Director: William Monahan
  • Writers: William Monahan, Ken Bruen
  • Producers: Quentin Curtis, Tim Headington, Graham King, William Monahan
  • Co Producer: Theodore Suchecki
  • Associate Producers: Justine Suzanne Jones, Jacob Rush
  • Executive Producers: Redmond Morris, Colin Vaines
  • Art Direction: Sarah Stuart
  • Casting: Nina Gold
  • Costume Design: Odile Dicks-Mireaux
  • D.O.P.: Chris Menges
  • Editors: Dody Dorn, Robb Sullivan
  • Makeup: Christine Blundell
  • Music: Sergio Pizzorno
  • Production Design: Martin Childs
  • Set Decoration: Celia Bobak


Mitchel ('Colin Farrell' ) just got out of jail and wants to stay legitimate but his friends involved in the messy London underground fear him and wants him to join them again but Mitchel tries his best to stay away. He gets himself a job as a bodyguard for a retired actress Charlotte (Keira Knightley) who is still hot news for the paparazzi. Mitchell, through his friend Billy eventually meets the underground Don by the name of Gant (Ray Winstone) who wants Mitch to work for him because of Mitch's reputations.

While working together Mitch and Charlotte fall in love. Gant asks Billy to get the guy who sent Mitch to jail but it turns out to be the wrong one, Gant kills the guy in front of Mitch and lets Mitch know that he has to work for him now that Mitch has seen him commit the murder but Mitch refuses. Gant keeps trying to force Mitch to his side promising him good ranks and positions but he has to let go of Charlotte but Mitch turns him down even threatens him to stop trying making Gant really angry. Now Mitch has to suffer the consequences.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: London, UK; Los Angeles, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Strong violence, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use
  • Production Companies: GK Films, Henceforth Pictures, Projection Pictures, London Boulevard
  • Production Schedule: 8 June 2009 - 14 August 2009

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2011 Guide Analysis: "This time last year, 'London' was looking to be one of the more promising looking upcoming thrillers on the schedule, and a possible awards candidate if the stars were to align just right. Based on the acclaimed novel by crime author Ken Bruen, it marked the directing debut of "The Departed" and "Kingdom of Heaven" screenwriter William Monahan who also adapted.

There's pointed commentary about the younger stars of today, especially those famous for their hard-partying lifestyle. The crew is stacked with Oscar winners running all the major departments, while the cast includes Ray Winstone as the aggressive crime boss, David Thewlis as an agoraphobic business manager, and other talent like Stephen Graham, Jamie Campbell Bower and Ben Chaplin in supporting roles. It all sounded quite promising.

Then the sentiment changed almost overnight. Reviews out of the festival circuit in the early Fall were bad, while a very deflating trailer in late October was generic and dull. When the film hit UK cinemas in late November, to say the Pom critics tore it a new asshole would be far too kind. Reviews utterly savaged the waste of a cast in an apparently disjointed film that barely holds together from scene to scene and plays out every cliche in the book. Farrell and Knightley are fine actors but have no chemistry, and while the first act had promise - it quickly devolves from there.

How bad did it get? Even Empire Magazine, which is famously over-generous with its star scores, could only muster a 2/5 for it - and that was one of the higher marks it received. What this means for the film's release strategy is hard to say, but I wouldn't be shocked if it suddenly goes direct-to-disc in certain countries. FilmDistrict will likely give it a limited theatrical run in the U.S., but I'd expect it to be a relatively quiet one."

Trailers & Clips

  • International Trailer (2m 4s)10.29.10

Worldwide Release Dates

  • 26 November 2010: UK
  • 26 January 2011: Bulgaria
  • 3 February 2011: Netherlands
  • 4 February 2011: Iceland, Poland
  • 10 February 2011: Czech Republic, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Russia
  • 25 February 2011: Romania
  • 10 March 2011: Greece
  • 14 April 2011: Portugal
  • 15 April 2011: Turkey
  • 26 May 2011: Singapore
  • 3 June 2011: Finland
  • 8 June 2011: France
  • 9 June 2011: Israel
  • 23 June 2011: Hong Kong
  • 28 September 2011: Sweden
  • 1 December 2011: Germany