Lucky Number Slevin (2006)



Josh Hartnett plays Slevin, a man in the wrong place at the wrong time when he is caught up in a war between two rival gangsters.

Clearly inspired by the post modern thrillers of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, Lucky Number Slevin is a smart and sassy if slightly self-conscious revenge story. Hartnett’s character is maybe a bit too much of a smug smart Alec for the first half of the film, but as things darkened I liked it a whole lot more. It’s really nice to look at and although it lacks the subtlety of The Usual Suspects and the like, the quality performances and clever dialogue keeps things suitably interesting. The weak link is probably Lucy Liu’s character who’s responsible for one of the more implausible moments of the story but some nice chemistry with her co-star papers over the resulting plot hole. But these facts only stop it from being a great film, not a good one; Freeman, Kingsley, Tucci and Willis are all supremely watchable and it is consistently entertaining. Compared to other ironic thrillers, I’d have to say it’s not quite as good as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but better than Smokin’ Aces.

Smarter and better looking than the average mainstream thriller.



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