Critic Consensus: In attempting to meld his successful previous formulas with philosophical musings, Guy Ritchie has produced an incoherent misfire.
|Rating:||R (for violence, language and some nudity)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Guy Ritchie|
|Written By:||Luc Besson, Guy Ritchie, Ethan Gross, Paul Todisco, Ethan Gross|
|In Theaters:||Oct 22, 2005 Wide|
|On DVD:||Mar 18, 2008|
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Critic Reviews for Revolver
[A]bout as compelling a brief for Kabbalah as Battlefield Earth was for scientology.
Not the disaster described in the British press but unlikely to restore Ritchie's luster.
The plot isn't intellectually challenging as much as it is confusing, and yet the big twist is completely telegraphed. Ritchie has created a movie that is patronizingly obvious one minute and impenetrable the next.
It's an irritating, repetitive and pretentious psycho-metaphysical con-job that's ultimately about transcending the ego, and it owes a significant debt to the 1960s The Prisoner TV show -- but isn't nearly in the same artistic league.
Guy Ritchie's greasy little noir Revolver is good grindhouse fun until a last act that's like a meeting of a psychoanalysts' convention.
Audience Reviews for Revolver
Classic Guy Ritchie with a twist. the reveal at the end i thought I saw but never saw it. Good stuff imo.
Not for everyone, and especially not for those who prefer their plots spoon-fed to them, much less to make sense, Ritchie does some knocking on Scorcese territorial doors with this hallucinagenic gangster/chinese box of a filmic exercise in (ulp!) psychological self-discovery (in a movie?!? say it ain't so!!!) ...
... that fails in one important aspect: we remain unconnected to our main character, thus rendering the many and varied contortions moot. Ineffectual. Things happen and you're like "whatever."
Nonetheless, there are interesting segments throughout, and rarely a dull moment. I liked it more than it deserved.
That can happen sometimes.
I enjoyed Lock, Stock but thought that it pandered a little too much to the cheap seats. Snatch was better, but still a little rough around the edges. Whereas this, I had been told, was appalling, and so have avoided it until now. But I really, REALLY wish I hadn't. Because I loved it. I can understand why many found the story a little confusing, the psycho-babble and surreal cut-ins showing the characters state of mind is a little jarring. But the whole thing is executed with such style and accomplishment; far more so than Ritchie's previous films. It has also been said that the direction is a little pretentious. Again no argument here. I can also understand why some may complain about it's lack of originality; the template for the plot is clearly The Usual Suspects, executed in the style of Fight Club. The (rather irrelevant) animated segment is clearly pilfered from and inferior to Kill Bill's, and the shoot out involving Mark Strong's hit man who approaches his work with the clinical efficiency of a German tax inspector (easily my favourite character) is very reminiscent of Leon. But guess what? THAT SEQUENCE IS FANTASTIC. It can only suggest that you watch it a series of great scenes instead of a coherent whole, because it's beautifully shot and performed despite the fact that the underlying story could quite possibly be absolute gibberish...to me, the only question that really mattered was "Did I enjoy it?". And the fact is I really, really bloody did.
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