Amid the Civil War in 17th-century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.
Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.
A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Fleeing for their lives, a small party abandon their Civil War confederates and escape through an overgrown field. Thinking only of what lay behind, they are ambushed by two dangerous men and made to search the field. Psychedelia, madness and chaotic forces slowly overtake the group as they question what treasure lies within the malignant field. Written by
"There are only shadows here," one of the characters says in A FIELD IN ENGLAND. "Shadows" are also ghosts, it should be noted, and one of the four men here seems to return from the dead time and time again. Even the ingestion of possibly poisonous mushrooms doesn't readily explain his reappearance(s). Because these are religious-retarded men (people who believe in God or godS or goddesses), there's a bit of THAT drivel throughout, but it's the very evocative music and the psychedelic visions that give A FIELD IN ENGLAND its true power: it's like David Lynch, via Jim Jarmusch. (For people who liked the recent SOLOMON KANE debacle- a music video that ran much too long-, consider how truly powerful Robert E. Howard's hero would've seemed had he been afforded THIS kind of treatment! It would've taken a filmmaker of Ben Wheatley's caliber to do that character justice.) INNUENDO has never been used so effectively before in a film: the scene where Reece Shearsmith emerges from the tent has to be one of the greatest SUGGESTED scenes ever suggested. (And, potty humor though it may be, I found the squatting scene funny. "Was it a boy or a girl...?")
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