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Film Review - A Field in England


Reviewed at Fantastic Fest 2013

It’s become clear that director Ben Wheatley is only interested in making pictures for his own pleasure. It’s a noble creative quest, joining a few other helmers who’ve eschewed audience acceptance to forge their own cinematic interests, and the distance suits Wheatley. After the darkly comic delights and a rare turn of accessibility with “Sightseers,” the helmer returns to the abstract, unexplained, and interpretational impulses of his earlier work, including “Down Terrace” and “Kill List.” “A Field in England” features top-shelf tech credits and lively performances, and it will likely find a place of comfort near the bosom of fiercely analytical moviegoers. But is the film compelling? Not particularly, with Wheatley going about his business in a casually numbing manner that almost completely turns its back on the viewer. Read the rest at


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