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- 1 hr 31 min
London Road is a British musical drama film that was released in 2015. Directed by Rufus Norris and written by Alecky Blythe, the film stars Olivia Colman, Clare Burt, and Rosalie Craig in the lead roles. The movie is an adaptation of a successful stage production of the same name. The story of London Road is set in the quiet town of Ipswich, which was rocked by a series of brutal murders of women who worked as prostitutes. The film is based on real-life events and the subsequent investigation into the murders that took place between 2006 and 2008. However, the story is told from a unique perspective, by focusing on the residents of London Road, who were directly affected by the crimes.
The movie opens with the arrival of a new tenant, Steve (Tom Hardy), who moves into a house on London Road. A few days later, the residents of the road are shocked to hear about the murders that took place nearby. They are terrified, but it also brings them together in a way that they never expected.
As the police investigation proceeds, the residents of London Road slowly start to reconnect with each other. Led by Julie (Colman), a local mother who lives with her teenage daughter, they decide to take back their community by organizing regular meetings, where they can discuss their fears and collaborate with the authorities to ensure their safety.
However, things take a different turn when Julie suggests that they start writing songs about their experiences. The film then breaks into a series of catchy, upbeat musical numbers, some of which are based on the actual words spoken by the residents at the time.
The songs mostly revolve around the residents' reactions to the killings, their interactions with the police, and their feelings of isolation and vulnerability. However, through the power of music, their sense of community and neighbourly love grows, and they become more and more determined to overcome the terror that has consumed their lives.
The performances by the cast are excellent, especially Olivia Colman's portrayal of Julie. She brings a lot of depth and emotion to her character, who at times is both vulnerable and incredibly strong. The songs, written by Adam Cork, are also catchy and engaging, and they serve to enhance the story, rather than detract from it.
Overall, London Road is a deeply moving and engaging film that explores the themes of community, resilience, and hope in the face of unimaginable tragedy. It's a unique and powerful way of telling a true story, and it's a testament to the human spirit and its capacity for compassion and understanding. Highly recommended.
London Road is a 2016 music movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.3 and a MetaScore of 71.