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May 23, 2006 By: Quigles
London order
Director:
Hunter Richards

Actors:
Chris Evans
Jessica Biel
Jason Statham

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A cocaine-obsessed dude crashes his ex-girlfriend's going-away party in hopes of getting back together with her.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Not many people are going to appreciate what this movie has to offer, and will probably phase it out as nothing more than a pretentiously whiny mishmash of drugs and relationship problems. However, for reasons I'm still trying to comprehend, I sort of enjoyed it... at least in places. Maybe it was all the seemingly random stories brought up sporadically through the movie that caught my interest. Maybe it was the fact that I like both Chris Evans and Jason Statham, and that Jessica Biel strutted around half-naked for the majority of her scenes. Or maybe I was just in the right mood to watch a depressing film like this. It certainly wasn't the love-story, which served as the basis for the film. That particular aspect was probably the least compelling part of the movie (and also the most time consuming), acting as nothing more than a reason for Evan's character to mope around and snort coke in a bathroom for the majority of the film's runtime. Good thing the movie had more to offer than just that, otherwise it would have been even more depressing than it already is.

Some of the things I specifically liked about the movie were the characters, as well as the issues they discussed. The leads don't always feel pleasant, and all of them have strange quirks that only further distance themselves from the audience. But it's also because of this that they feel so real. I've met people like this - the kind that think their pain is worse than everybody else's, and always have a reason to bitch about their lives. I realize they don't sound like particularly interesting people to spend an hour and a half with, but here's where the stories they discuss come into play. Each of them have something worthwhile to talk about, going off on tangents about different things they've experienced during their lives. Not much actually happens during the film to progress the story, which isn't so much of a bad thing (at least not completely). Sometimes my favorite movies are ones that don't have any story at all. LONDON certainly doesn't fall into the category of being one of my favorite movies, and I doubt I will ever watch it again... but still, for what it's worth, I never once felt like shutting off the film. I know that's not saying much, but it's something.
THE EXTRAS
Not a whole lot here, but I was satisfied.

Audio Commentary (with writer-director Hunter Richards and co-producer Ross Weinberg): Aside from the occasional explanation of scenes that the audience is already aware of, Richards gives a pretty good commentary. I mention only Richards because Weinberg barely ever speaks. That's ok though, since the director has plenty to say.

Behind the Scenes (9:00): This featurette is sort of unprofessionally put together, making it feel a bit more raw, which I actually liked a lot. It doesn't have that annoying "commercial" feel you get with so many making-of featurettes. Still, it's not really long enough to show you much more than some cool behind-the-scenes footage and interviews, so I can't really say I got a whole lot out of it. Regardless, I'd say it's worth watching.

Deleted Scenes (14:44): There are four of them, and considering that the movie already is filled with scenes that technically aren't really needed, you can pretty much guess what to expect with these scenes.

There are also 11 Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Despite the bleak atmosphere of the film, and the fact that it feels more like a stage play than a movie, I still found some enjoyment to be had while watching LONDON. I'm sure that most people who watch won't feel the same way, and might even curse me for having recommended it. Regardless, I liked the movie, so I'm going to suggest it as a wary rental if there's nothing else worth watching. However, there are enough problems with the movie that I could just as easily tell you to skip it. Basically, it's your call.
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