Lucky Number Slevin

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Scottish filmmaker McGuigan follows up his vapid remake of ‘L’Appartement’ with another slick, hollow exercise in cinematic sleight of hand that mixes ‘The Sting’ with ‘The Usual Suspects’ to no great effect. Purposely convoluted and needlessly violent, this bizarrely titled thriller revolves around an apparent case of mistaken identity as Josh Hartnett’s Slevin is dragged from a friend’s New York apartment to separate audiences with rival crime bosses – the ‘Boss’ (Morgan Freeman, coasting) and Schlomo, aka the Rabbi (Ben Kingsley, dodgy accent) – and then informed that he (or rather his friend) owes them each money. And payback has a price. The Boss wants Schlomo’s son dead. If Slevin kills him, all debts will be waved. The Rabbi, meanwhile, just wants his $33K back… Caught between the absurdist and the semi-serious, the tortured, labyrinthine twists of Jason Smilovic’s not-as-smart-as-it-thinks-it-is script gradually reveal themselves in ever more ludicrous fashion, leaving the film to spiral under layers of arty pretension and narrative flip-flopping. A fact not helped by McGuigan’s ‘flashy’ direction nor by the set designer’s over-reliance on loud, wavy wallpaper. Only Lucy Liu’s insanely perky neighbour emerges with any real credit.

Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday February 24 2006
Duration: 110 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Paul McGuigan
Screenwriter: Jason Smilovic
Cast: Josh Hartnett
Ben Kingsley
Lucy Liu
Stanley Tucci
Bruce Willis
Morgan Freeman
Victoria Fodor

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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goldielocks

I really don't understand the other reviewers problems with this film!?? It's got a suberb story, an excellent cast, and is a great film to watch time and time again! Give this film a small section of your time (but make sure you watch till the end) and I promise you will enjoy it! Great storyline, great script, great filming, great twists! An enjoyable watch time after time.

goldielocks

I really don't understand the other reviewers problems with this film!?? It's got a suberb story, an excellent cast, and is a great film to watch time and time again! Give this film a small section of your time (but make sure you watch till the end) and I promise you will enjoy it! Great storyline, great script, great filming, great twists! An enjoyable watch time after time.

Chelsea

I deffinately think everyone should wathc this film. Is absolutely fantastic. I recommend everyone to watch it. 10 out of 10. But to be honest, its proberly only a film that can be watched once because after that you know what wil happen. Its great how it all makes sense in the end. With a bit of a love story. This film is one of my favourites.

Chelsea

I deffinately think everyone should wathc this film. Is absolutely fantastic. I recommend everyone to watch it. 10 out of 10. But to be honest, its proberly only a film that can be watched once because after that you know what wil happen. Its great how it all makes sense in the end. With a bit of a love story. This film is one of my favourites.

yduric

Second viewing, second comment. I'm totally disowning the first comment I made: I see now that flick for what it really is: this is only a huge pretentious piece of shit, that is, moreover, filled with filthy homophobic overtones that are totally unnecessary to a plot, (and this time I definitely agree with TimeOut) that is very far from being as smart as it thinks. In fact, this flick stinks.