Lucky Number Slevin Reviews
Arriving in New York to stay at a friend's apartment, Slevin Kelevra (Josh Hartnett) finds that his friend is missing and owes money to two very dangerous criminals - The Boss (Morgan Freeman) and The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley). Added to which, Slevin finds himself mistaken for his absent friend and soon involved in a lot of trouble with them both. With the help of his friends neighbour Lindsey (Lucy Liu), Slevin tries to clear up the confusion.
I've always been a sucker for films that twist and tease, keeping you perplexed and forcing you to keep up to speed. I like it when the script has actually been given some attention and one that demands the attention of the viewer. This is that type of film. It keeps you guessing and is not without a dark and lightness of touch either. It helps when there's an impressive cast assembled also and each of the performers involved here deliver fine pieces of work. Seeing old hands Freeman and Kingsley play off one another is a particular highlight. Ultimately, it's the convoluted nature of the story that impresses most though. Screenwriter Jason Smilovic and director Paul McGuigan add substance and style to the proceedings and keep you at just the distance from the characters' motivations. However, intricate and clever films also face the danger of becoming too loaded. For the most part, this film is a success but the denouement is a little muddled. For a film of this type to work, it needs to have a pay-off and this does have a satisfactory one. The only problem is, it has one two many. Without revealing too much, the fate of a prominent character seems like it's been tacked on and stinks of studio involvement, letting down an otherwise intricate and cleverly constructed film.
A satisfyingly convoluted crime yarn with an impressive and eclectic mix of actors. However, the unravelling is a major demerit. Well, that and Bruce Willis' ridiculous hairpieces.
*** 3 Star
The second half of the movie is a dragged out scenario from recent graduates with a B.A. in The Usual Suspects. A good movie for college graduates who think the game is corrupt and they can run it, like if Bruce Wayne wanted to become the Kingpin of Crime.
I guess it's also a good movie for people who want their murder scenes more snappy, since in both halves, people are murdered in unexpected ways and the camera shows it to us in unexpected ways. By the end, the writers and director burn themselves out and they're just suffocating people in front of us.
I love Josh Hartnett in this role, so sarcastically cheeky, can?t keep his mouth shut, the dialogue really made this film and almost had a Tarantino quality about it. This has to be one of my favourite endings of films and it?s so hard not to say what happens, you will just have to watch it.
I think the Director used many influences when making this film, I was reminded of many other films throughout.
A must see dark, comedy thriller.
DIRECTED BY: Paul McGuigan
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin in the middle of a war being plotted by two of New York's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and the Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat, and he finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them? before they get him.
Rented this movie, watched it, then turned the t.v. on the next day and it was on. Go figure right? Happens to me more then often. Waste of mullah.. LOL.. ANYWAYS...... Loved this movie. Great story, great group of actors with good acting, and a nice little twist. Entertaining and well worth the watch.
I initially only wanted to see this because it had Lucy Liu in it, and she was by far my favorite person in the cast. Damn, that woman is just beautiful, and she proves here that she can tackle almost any kind of role. Having Bruce Willis, Ben Kingsley, and Morgan Freeman in the movie as well makes for quite the nice bonus. They don't have to stretch or work particularly hard, of course, but just their presence here makes the movie more enjoyable.
Even Josh Hartnett handles his character quite nicely. He's the focus of 90% of the scenes, so if he was annoying or poorly cast, then the entire film might have been unwatchable. Luckily, that's not the case.
Don't watch this expecting a shining moment in film history, but it's certainly worth picking up for cheap or from Netflix. Lucky # Slevin is a twisty movie that has the ability to make you chuckle a few times before it's all over.