Saturday, February 25, 2006

Lucky Number Slevin

A film that I saw a trailer to a while back and thought "hmm, that looks alright. I'll give it a go when it comes out". Having heard nothing on this I did not know what I was expecting.

Lucky Number Slevin, may win the award for the most stupid movie name this year but it may also win some for best dialogue. Starring Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, SIR Ben Kingsley and Morgan Freeman the film tells the story of a guy in the wrong place at the wrong time who is confused for another guy who owes money to two feuding ganglords. As with most films these days not everything is what it seems however.

I liked the film most for it's dialogue, which is very similar to Guy Ritchie movies such as Snatch and Lock Stock. The film is perhaps targeted at that audience most and is also similar in that it features a British Director, this time Paul McGuigan who also directed Gangster #1.

Performances are pretty good with Josh getting to do more than light up a shoot random women as he did in Sin City. Lucy Liu does pretty good as the next door neighbour and love interest. Bruce Willis probably steals the show as a cold-hearted assassin sent to deal with Josh. Ben Kingsley however doesn't try too hard at all, in fact I don't think he even bothers standing up, all of his scenes featuring him sat down. Perhaps he had broken his leg but really wanted to be in the film.

Overall not bad, better than Snatch but not quite as good as Lock Stock.

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