Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Germany / English
"Wrong Time. Wrong Place. Wrong Number.
"A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin (Josh Hartnett) into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley) and The Boss (Morgan Freeman). Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski (Stanley Tucci) as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat (Bruce Willis) and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.
Not bad, but not as clever as it thinks it is.
I pretty much went into this film with little by way of expectations
the reviews I remembered suggested that it wasn't all that good.
However, I was pleasantly surprised by what I got. Sure, the all star
cast were maybe on cruise control (although Hartnett and (particularly)
Liu were moderately sparkling) and maybe the 'twist' was blatantly
telegraphed ahead, and maybe there was nothing new, and maybe the
attempt to justify one of the murders is a little shaky (as the
protagonist could not have known what we learn it was a murder of
expedience. Watch out for it), and maybe it wasn't half as clever as it
thought it was, but sometimes a movie can just be a movie without
pretensions to being art, and can be no less enjoyable for that. This
is a decent little film which may not be anyone's favourite film of all
time but at least it isn't Speed 2. And that, of course, is a very good
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