PLOT: A reclusive movie star (Knightley), who hides out from the world in a Holland Park mansion, hires a London criminal (Farrell) recently released from prison to be her bodyguard and handyman but ends up falling for him.
DIRECTOR: Directorial debut for writer William Monahan (adapted The Departed and Body of Lies, and wrote Kingdom of Heaven and this film)
CAST: Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Ben Chaplin (The Truth About Cats and Dogs), Ray Winstone (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Anna Friel (Land of the Lost and "Pushing Daisies"), Stephen Graham ("Boardwalk Empire"), Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd and New Moon).
VERDICT: Wow! Bodyguard and handyman. Aren't we a Renaissance man? It's been a while since I've seen a Knightley film, but she's always enjoyable so I'm sure she'll be great in this. The reason I'll see it though is for the continuing rebirth of Farrell. Ever since he surprised everyone with his performance in 2008's In Bruges, I've been waiting for a meaty lead role to get him back in the Oscar game. While I'm sure this isn't it, it's always great to see him screw around in a British film—especially since he's Irish. And by the several clever one-liners in the trailer, I can tell Monahan has quite the future ahead of him.
Release Date: November 26 (UK)