Thursday, August 2, 2012

Lucky Number Slevin

Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Director: Paul McGuigan
Writer: Jason Smilovic
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu, Stanley Tucci
Rating: R
My rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (Yes, I'm allowed to do that)

Here we are again, Faithful Archives Report Reader(s? hopefully)!! I have watched another movie!!! This movie comes recommended to me from my dear, dear, friend, Pat Katheeder. Patty, you da man! I found this movie at McKay's (previously mentioned as a source to pad my collection considerably) and I paid about 2.95 for it. Being one of Pat's favorite movies (Your favorite, right Pat?), I decided to go ahead and pay three nights worth of Redbox for a great friend's opinion!

I don't want to give you too much information about the plot. I always say that but seriously. Pat asked me what I knew about this movie, I said "nothing" and he said, "Good." So I pulled this from the IMDB, and just added my own little "Archives Report Touch" to it so I can give you a plot summary without giving anything away. 

Here it is:

A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin Kevela (Josh Hartnett: Pearl Harbor) into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi (Ben Kinglsey; Gandhi) and The Boss (Morgan Freeman; The Dark Knight Rises). Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski (Stanley Tucci; The Hunger Games) as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat (Bruce Willis; Die Hard) and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.

There. The IMDB summary with a little bit of "me" in it. If you want the actual one I hyperlinked to the page where I said "IMDB" before this portion. :)

Now to what I thought:

It was awesome. Hartnett (though I haven't seen much of his work) was perfect for his character, Lucy Liu (Shanghai Noon) was perfect for her character, and it was a great departure from some of her other work. Morgan Freeman is also God, an prisoner in Shawshank, and makes gadgets for Batman, so I don't see how he CAN'T be awesome. Then there is Ben Kingsley, who I hadn't seen much of to be honest, but I have seen Schindler's List and heard wonderful things about his work, and he didn't disappoint. Stanley Tucci is in everything, and with good reason.

There is something to be said for the plot twists. Definitely entertaining enough to keep you on your toes, and I tend to see things coming, so you know that's a compliment coming from me. I was a tad confused at first, but the whole movie is well made, well written, and well executed. I can see why it's Pat's favorite, and I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it. 

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