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Director: Akiva Goldsman; Screenwriter: Akiva Goldsman; Starring: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt; Running time: 118 mins; Certificate: 12A

Colin Farrell is cast adrift in an airy-fairy adaptation of Mark Helprin's weighty magical realist novel, playing Peter Lake, an Irish immigrant who walks the streets of New York for a hundred years, without ageing a day. Love is what sustains him, along with some heavenly hocus pocus, but A Beautiful Mind scribe Akiva Goldsman (making his directorial debut) fails to anchor the soaring flights of fancy in the day-to-day grind.

For one thing, his well-heeled sweetheart Beverly (Downton Abbey's Lady Sybil, Jessica Brown Findlay) is lacking in substance despite staring death in the face with a bad case of consumption in 1914. She's just so darned sanguine, even when Peter makes her acquaintance while robbing her home. But, hey, he rides a white horse so »


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