Directed by Mathew Cullen
Clairvoyant femme fatale Nicola Six has been living with a dark premonition of her impending death by murder. She begins a tangled love affair with three uniquely different men: one of whom she knows will be her murderer... The film is based on a dystopian Martin Amis novel.
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★★★★½ review by Samuel B. Prime on Letterboxd
The Director’s Cut
Oh, boy. Know what I love? Expensive trash. Below, please find an abbreviated list of some of the delights awaiting the viewer with the arrival of this one-of-a-kind and long-delayed directorial debut (due to years worth of legal squabbles).
Inelegant metaphors involving nuclear war (and stock footage aplenty); a case study in severe overacting by way of Jim Sturgess playing extremely against type; a baby smoking a cigarette; an impromptu dance sequence in the rain set to “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits; in dystopian Future London, ‘darts’ are apparently the sport of choice; unnecessary literary flourishes; femdom with a police baton; Billy Bob Thornton using the awkward-sounding “murderee” instead of “victim” like any other normal human being would; an extremely obvious whodunnit, and a final twist that should surprise no one.*
* That said, at the screening I attended, a man who arrived late and sat in the front row gave the film a one-man slow clap standing ovation upon completion.
★★★★ review by shane on Letterboxd
LONDON FIELDS: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT
Two versions of London Fields are currently playing in theatres. The film most theatres are showing is the producer’s cut, but select theatres are showing the director’s cut instead. You can find these theatres here. This is a review of the director’s cut.
It’s amazing how two different edits of the same film can make such different movies. Yesterday I saw the producer’s cut of London Fields and today I saw the director’s cut, and wow THE DIRECTOR’S CUT IS SO MUCH BETTER! Why isn’t this one the main cut? Here the bad CGI’ed skies are substituted for tension, mystery, emotion, and a plot that’s easier (plus more interesting) to follow; as well as a whole new score and different takes that bring out better performances from the actors. Every emotional beat is so much more powerful, which makes the mystery of who will kill Nicola Six that much more suspenseful and engaging.
THIS is the version of the film that should be playing everywhere. The producer’s cut honestly shouldn’t even exist; it just doesn’t add anything to the film. It’s no wonder the director sued the producers over this. According to him the “main” cut released is a cut he hasn’t been involved in for over four years.
If you had any intrest in seeing London Fields I would 100% recommend seeing the director’s cut, and if you liked the producer’s cut then you’ll love this one even more! It’s still not a perfect film, but THIS one is just more entertaining. I really hope both cuts are released on DVD to compare them even better; I find the whole thing so interesting.
★★★★★ review by vklj on Letterboxd
THIS WAS THE DIRECTORS CUT
★★★★★ review by icedragon12 on Letterboxd
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