Tuesday, March 8, 2011

London to Brighton (2006)

Featuring:  Lorraine Stanley, Georgia Groome, Johnny Harris.
Director: Paul Andrew Williams

I'm not sure why but I have a particular affinity for British crime movies. I think it's got something to do with the accent that you usually associate with gentlemanly class being used for violent purposes. It might also be that there are just some pretty good British crime movies out there like Snatch and Get Carter.

London to Brighton is another good crime-thriller from our friends across the Atlantic that tells the story of a pimp, a prostitute, a crime boss and a 12 year old runaway. I'm sure that from just mentioning the players involved in the movie that you can tell some pretty awful stuff goes down. The story may be a bit cliched but the acting is all really good and the gritty, sometimes frantic style was well done and works well with the genre.

The one gripe I have with the movie doesn't have anything to do with the substance or the acting, but with a stylistic choice the director made. Does every single gritty, independent movie have to do the whole jumping around in time bit? Yea, I get that everyone loves Pulp Fiction (I do too) and that movie influenced a lot of people, but can't we just have a linear story every once in a while for this kind of movie? It's done well sometimes (and it's not like it's down horribly here) but really it's becoming a bit cliched. Aside from that personal rant, overall this is a pretty good flick and you should give it a look if you enjoy the gritty sort of crime movies the British seem to be so good at.

To add this movie to your Netflix queue click here.

According to instantwatcher.com this movie will stream on Netflix until 8/11/2011.

The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? I'll be honest, the cover looked cool. The plot sounded somewhat interesting as well.

Is it artsy? No, except for the whole bouncing around the timeline thing.

What stood out the most to you? How easily some people seem to be able to justify doing something horrible.

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? Looking for a crime thriller that will keep you interested and entertained..

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 3 Stars. 

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