By Darren Franich
Updated October 18, 2011 at 04:29 PM EDT

You can separate Colin Farrell’s career into three distinctive acts. In the first act, he was the scrappy Irish up-and-comer, memorably stealing scenes in dreck like Hart’s War and Daredevil and successfully rousting Al Pacino from his late-career snooze in The Recruit. Then came the second act, when Farrell became a Hollywood playboy, an action hero, and the star of two of the great auteurist misfires of our time: Alexander and Miami Vice. (Farrell himself referenced this period at the 2010 Golden Globes: “I once was a cliché.”) The third and most interesting portion of his career began with 2008’s In Bruges; since that guttural Euro-noir, the actor has been taking an array of supporting parts, with the occasional scenery-chewing role mixed in. The upcoming London Boulevard finds Farrell back in the gangster world, playing a fresh-out-of-prison enforcer trying to get clean. Keira Knightley plays a starlet who falls for him; Ray Winstone plays Ray Winstone as only Ray Winstone can. Check out the trailer:

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