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[Movie Review] Lucky Number Slevin

Sazar

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Watched it last night with some friends and was pleasantly surprised.

Typically, the slick crime capers with twisty stories (a la snatch, layer cake, lock, stock and 2 smoking barrles etc.) are a british domain and have a decidedly british sense of humour and flow.

This movie borrows a few elements from those movies and incorporates elements of Revolver as well, tying in the cerebral, to come up with a pretty decent overall package.

The "stories" in the flash-backs add a lot of layers to the movie that you can choose to disregard, but you'd miss out on many clues.

Being the movie boffin that I am, I figured out the main theme of the movie early on. You just have to listen and put 2 + 2 together and come up with 5 :smoker:

The dialogue is the key element of the movie, a la Revolver, and is the main reason this movie is elevated from average to pretty good.

Willis and Hartnet do really good jobs portraying their characters as both of them also have a lot of layers (see the link to layer cake?). The story is relatively straight-forward with all the requisite meanderings and the pacing keeps everything taut. It's not a short movie but it certainly feels that way when you watch it.

I'd recommend anyone looking for a snappy, quality flick to give this one a look/see.

4/5 OSNN stars.
 

Sazar

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The usual suspects was a lot darker than all the others. I think only Revolver would come close to the darkness factor. I included revolver in my list because of the chess aspect and mind games :cool:
 

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