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London (2005)

Cast: Chris Evans, Chris Evans, Jessica Biel, more...
Director: Hunter Richards, Nicholas Lee, Nicholas Lee, more...
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Studio: Sony Pictures
Genre: Drama, Romance
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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A party becomes a metaphor for the wasted lives of a handful of young hipsters in this edgy independent drama. Syd (Chris Evans) awakes from the latest in a long series of drug- and booze-fueled benders when he receiving a phone call from a friend informing him that London (Jessica Biel), who recently broke up with Syd, will be moving away from New York for California with her new boyfriend in a few days, and that a going-away party is being thrown for her that evening. Syd hasn't been invited to the bash, but he decides to attend anyway, and brings along Bateman (Jason Statham), a bartender who moonlights as a cocaine dealer. Bateman is carrying a large supply of nose candy, and after arriving at the party he and Syd install themselves in the bathroom, where they snort line after line while guzzling tequila and discussing philosophical matters regarding love, sex, and emotional pain. The private party-within-a-party is soon joined by Maya (Kelli Garner) and Mallory (Joy Bryant), who share cocaine and sympathy with the guys until Syd learns that London has arrived, and he decides it's time to confront her. London was the first feature film for writer and director Hunter Richards. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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London's a Chick; New York's the Locale by talltale May 25, 2006 - 7:47 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
LONDON is writer/director Hunter Richards' first film, according to the IMDB, and he doesn't even have another short to his credit. On this basis, his movie is surprisingly good, full of fast, funny dialog and extremely well-photographed, -edited and (especially) -acted by half a dozen young performers--plus Jason Statham. The downside is the characterization: There isn't any. Granted, everybody's doing drugs and/or drink during the entire time (whether it's a flashback or a current moment). Still, we ought to be able to find out more than the feeble bits we learn here. That's what good screenwriting is all about.

Syd can afford lots of drugs, can't say "I Love You" and once maybe tried to "off" himself. London loves Syd, but can't handle his constant jealousy. Bateman's in the "money" biz and has a tad trouble performing. Mallory? Forget it--we learn almost nothing about her. Yet the performers, pulling out all the stops, manage to carry us along beautifully via dialog that is quite good, as far as it goes. By the end, the Bard's line about a lot of "sound and fury signifying nothing" may come to mind. But, then, what's on display here is drugged-out youth (except for Statham), so shallow is the operative word, whether the kids are snorting coke or considering the deity. The young among us might say that "London" is all about "love." As enjoyable as this movie often is, nobody in front of--or behind--the camera seems to have a clue what that loaded term entails.

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