A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Most of the movie's messages have to do with manipulation, deceit, and revenge, all without any real consequences.
Positive Role Models
None of the characters have any redeeming qualities. They're mainly selfish and don't seem to have a moral center.
Violence & Scariness
A character bashes another character's head several times with a blunt object. Dead bodies. Fistfight. Bloody wounds. Heavy monkey wrench bashes in a car windshield. A man takes a "suicide pill" and dies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nicola has sex with three partners; some rough, some gentle. She kisses four people. Suggestion of baton inserted in a character's bottom. Sex sounds. Nicola wears an array of slinky, revealing outfits/underthings; one is somewhat see-through, and her breasts are visible. Characters ogle her cleavage. Naked bottoms (male and female) shown. Strong sex talk. Fantasy images of a woman dressed in bondage gear with "the devil." A man shows a pornographic magazine to a young boy. Topless woman appears on TV screen, kissing other women. Man prepares to masturbate. Very brief images/photos of naked women.
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Many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "bitch," "piss," "goddamn," and "oh my God." Middle-finger gesture.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Heavy cigarette smoking. A character regularly pops pills. Character has a hallucinatory drug trip. Characters drink, often to excess (until they pass out): wine, beer, whiskey, vodka, etc.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that London Fields is an unpleasant neo-noir thriller, based on a novel by Martin Amis, about a woman (Amber Heard) who has a premonition that one of three men is going to kill her. She seduces, kisses, and has sex with three different partners (and kisses a fourth). She wears several sheer, revealing outfits; her breasts are visible through one of them, and her bottom is shown. Other naked bottoms are also shown. Viewers will see many sex-related images and hear explicit sex talk. Language includes many uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "c--t" and more. A man bashes a woman in the head with a blunt object. Characters die, including by suicide. Characters fight and argue. Cigarette smoking is rampant; characters drink frequently, often to excess; and there's a psychedelic drug trip scene. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Based on a novel by Martin Amis, this shabby, wildly uneven neo-noir is a total mess, coasting on the surface of several cartoonish characters as they interact without rhyme, reason, or purpose. Directed by music video maker Mathew Cullen, London Fields is partly stylish, mainly in the opulent apartment occupied by Samson, and in the many slinky, stunning outfits worn by Nicola, but it's mostly scraggy and nasty-looking in a very unpleasant way. The characters occupy the unrealistic spaces uneasily, and none of them even seem to be human, let alone possess the ability to connect with any of the others.
As Samson works on his book, there's talk about whether Nicola will be a one-dimensional character -- and, in the movie, she actually is, along with everyone else. Her actions are purely based on her looks and charms. There never seems to be a point, and nothing else happens. At least Heard is a decent femme fatale. On the other hand, Sturgess overacts horribly in his role, looking like a walking scab, his mouth perpetually open in a scowl to reveal yellow teeth and a flicking tongue. Even scarred, accented Depp is subtler (and that's rare). As if unsure of what else to do, Cullen throws in a dance sequence (set to the tune of Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing"), followed immediately by an FX-driven drug-trip sequence. None of it comes together.
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