London

on February 10, 2006 by Bridget Byrne
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Most of "London" takes place in a bathroom. A chic and spacious bathroom, but still, essentially, a place where you flush. It's tempting to suggest that this is a movie that should go straight down the toilet, but some credit must be given to the energy of the actors and to director Hunter Richards' ability to capture their place in a limited space with only a few over-indulgent camera moves. However, Richards' script is so overloaded with the sort of language that used to call for washing your mouth out with soap that after a while it just becomes one long, long, long, piercing drone, on and on and on, and if there is anything profound in the story, which is doubtful, it's so buried in verbal excrement it has become undetectable.

The focus of this minimal tale is a rant from an addicted young man, Syd, who wants his girlfriend, London, back. His rage and frustration is fueled by another addict, Bateman, who is supplying the cocaine that feeds the fury. During a farewell party for London, who is, understandably, relocating from the East to West coast to get away from Syd and take up with a man with something bigger and better to offer, Syd and Bateman occupy the bathroom, snorting and gulping and yelling and screaming about their inadequacies and feelings, most of which result from their addictions. So why should we care? One doubts that anyone will, though Chris Evans as Syd and Jason Statham as Bateman give it their full-throttle acting-for-all-it's-worth try. Jessica Biel as London gets to behave better, though she also gets to shout a lot, especially at Syd between flashback love scenes, which, though marginally more tasteful than the film's language, don't do anything to reveal what she saw in him in the first place before the drugs really kicked in. This is a story about people who have no one to blame but themselves. The same goes for the filmmakers. Starring Chris Evans, Jason Statham and Jessica Biel. Directed and written by Hunter Richards. Produced by Ash Shah, Paul Davis Miller and Bonnie Timmermann. A Goldwyn release. Drama. Rated R for strong sexual content, pervasive language and drug use, and some violence. Running time: 92 min

Tags: Chris Evans, Jason Statham and Jessica Biel. Directed and written by Hunter Richards. Produced by Ash Shah, Paul Davis Miller and Bonnie Timmermann. A Goldwyn release. Drama, farewell, minimal, drug, addictions
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