According to ImDb “London Boulevard” is the story of a man newly released from prison who falls in love with a reclusive young movie star and finds himself in a duel with a vicious gangster.
Fair enough, the simple description is really what the entire film is all about and not a drop more But, as I stated earlier this month, if you liked “In Bruges” then this film will work for you. The storyline is similar, the acting similar and the fact, it is really difficult to understand the British “slang” used in the film make it a bit annoying at times to watch.
But, that is not a bad thing, meaning, the film has it’s moments, where you almost think you know what is going to happen and then something a bit twisted happens instead, which keeps the audience somewhat awake. It is a brutal film, dealing with mafia and their style of bullying those less fortunate. However, most of the brutality is not captured on camera, that part is left to our imagination. But, if you happen to be like me, where your imagination is pretty vivid, than the effect of the brutality are clearly visible in your mind (if that makes sense)
Anyway, Colin Farrell, to me is a pretty good actor and he fits these sort of roles (ex-con, possible mafia/gangster character, a bully) very well, even if each one is a cookie cutter rendition of the others. It’s fine, it works for him and I enjoy watching his performance.
My suggestion, see it if you love mafia or gangster films and can completely deal with British “slang” (pardon my American ignorance if the language used is not slang).