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- 1 hr 47 min
London Fields, a 2018 film directed by Mathew Cullen, is an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Martin Amis. The film takes place in the present day and follows the story of Nicola Six (Amber Heard), a beautiful and highly intelligent woman, who predicts her own murder and seeks to unravel the mystery of her own death. Along the way, she entices three men - a struggling writer, Samson Young (Billy Bob Thornton), a wealthy banker, Guy Clinch (Theo James), and a dangerous criminal, Keith Talent (Jim Sturgess) - into her web of seduction, each of whom becomes a suspect in her killing. The film is set in London, with a dark and eerie atmosphere that creates an air of tension and suspense from beginning to end. The movie's tone is one of noir-ish melancholy and a sense of impending doom. The city is damp, grey, and uninviting, with seedy bars and back alleys that are home to drug dealers, prostitutes and other criminal types. As the movie unfolds, it becomes clear that Nicola is playing a dangerous game - one that may ultimately result in her own demise. She is not afraid to use her sex appeal to get what she wants, and as each of her three suitors becomes more deeply involved with her, the stakes for each of them grows higher. But, as they all become increasingly obsessed with her, it becomes clear that none of them truly understands who she is or what she wants, leaving them all vulnerable to a tragic conclusion. The film features a strong cast and captivating performances by the lead actors. Amber Heard is excellent as Nicola Six, imbuing her with a sense of cunning and sexuality that is both alluring and dangerous. Theo James, known for his role in the Divergent series, plays Guy Clinch with a mix of charm and loathing. Billy Bob Thornton is perfect as the jaded writer, Samson Young, lending the movie a fair degree of humor in his portrayal. Jim Sturgess rounds out the main cast with his portrayal of the thinly veiled gangster, Keith Talent. The film is visually striking, with saturated colors and stylized effects that lend the movie an almost dreamlike quality. The use of voice-over narration, flashbacks and flash-forwards, and overlapping scenes add a level of complexity to the story that requires the viewer to remain alert throughout. London Fields is a movie that plays with the idea of power, control, and fate. The themes of love, sex, and death are interwoven throughout the plot, presenting Nicola Six as a modern-day femme fatale who is determined to go down in history as the most infamous murder victim of all time. The film's score, composed by Adam Barber, enhances the sense of danger and unpredictability, drawing viewers further into the mystery. Overall, London Fields is a dark, seductive and suspenseful movie that will appeal to fans of film noir and crime fiction. While the story may not be for everyone, those who enjoy a good mystery will find much to appreciate in this adaptation of Martin Amis' acclaimed novel.