A Field In England (review)

Dir: Ben Wheatley
Written: Amy Jump
Starring; Julian Barrett, Reece Shearsmth, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Ryan Pope, Michael Smiley.
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This film starts off with Whitehead (Shearsmith) hiding from the commander Trower (Barrett). He meets up with Cutler (Pope), Jacob (Ferdinando) and Friend (Glover). They’ve abandoned the war in search of an ale house only to come across a rope in the middle of a field. They find O’Neil (Smiley) at the other side. It turns out Whitehead has been sent out to obtain O’Neil, but he has other plans. He says of buried gold somewhere in the field.

That’s pretty much the gist of the film. It is filled with interesting shots where the actors seem to recreate photographs. But there is some truly disturbing scenes in the film too. Especially the tent scene as pictured below.

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The hallucination scenes are brilliantly filmed, surreal and very uneasy. You would think that you were tripping on mushrooms as well! All the acting is played out really well, but the stand outs are Reece Shearsmith as Whitehaed and Michael Smiley as O’Neil.
Shearsmith gives Whitehead a character who begins as a coward to a person in (semi) control that you could imagine in League Of Gentlemen or Psychoville. Whilst Smiley plays O’Neil with a viscous and controlling man who becomes more horrific as the film goes on.
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This film is filled with superstition of the time which is doubled by the use of mushrooms! I would recommend people see this. Although it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it will be enjoyable for fans of the drama/thriller/horror mix!

4/5

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