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816 Ratings

A Field in England

Directed by Ben Wheatley
United Kingdom, 2013


England, the 1640s Civil War. A group of men flee from a raging battle but they are captured and forced to take part in a hunt for treasure supposedly buried somewhere in a field. But before they start digging, they gobble up some strange-looking mushrooms and then everything goes pear-shaped.

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A Field in England Directed by Ben Wheatley
Ironically Field feels at once more artful than Nothing Bad [Can Happen] and more satisfying as pulp entertainment. Jump’s wicked sense of humor and Wheatley’s psychedelic visuals advance a distinctive worldview, making a wild ride of the characters’ descent into madness.
July 02, 2014
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In the manner of certain bawdy, bloody works of 1960s and 1970s art cinema, not to mention psychedelic midnight flicks from the same era, it’s all over the place and often seems to be trying too hard to accomplish goals it can’t quite articulate… Shot in mostly handheld black-and-white wide-screen images, this is a deeply, at times exclusively visceral film. It aims to wring out, mind-eff and visually beat up its viewers, and cast a malevolent spell in the process.
February 07, 2014
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A Field In England is [Wheatley’s] first period piece, and a decided departure, but he still seems primarily interested in goosing the audience for the sheer fun of it. Shot in black and white, the film is no more than the sum of its empty gestures, as Wheatley tosses in whatever arresting idea occurs to him…
February 06, 2014
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