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Lucky Number Slevin

Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

February. 24,2006
| Drama Thriller Crime Mystery

Slevin is mistakenly put in the middle of a personal war between the city’s biggest criminal bosses. Under constant watch, Slevin must try not to get killed by an infamous assassin and come up with an idea of how to get out of his current dilemma.


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This is one of the few movies I've ever seen where the whole audience broke into spontaneous, loud applause a third of the way in.


It is an exhilarating, distressing, funny and profound film, with one of the more memorable film scores in years,


An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.


Lucky Number Slevin is a surprise of a film- It takes from the best, namely Hitchcock and Tarantino in its approach to writing and directing and boy is it a ride. Keeping things unpredictable and breezy Lucky Number Slevin is a riot of a movie. The acting from everyone from Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Lucy Lui to old veterans like Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley is great- you know they're all having fun. You should too- go see it.


One word (OK, two) to describe this film: "super convenient". Everyone is way too connected and all events are way too convenient, with the twists being over the top and just not making sense even more. The twist in the ending is simply stupid, unlikeable and sugary, existing to please the audience. There's also a strong feel of everything being staged on the scene, the sense of the very script. And of course there are many usual tropes and predictable events, during the watching I was saying what will be coming next - and there it was, like I said.It's still a quality Hollywood movie: great filming, great acting, and especially the great editing. It's also not dragging, despite being almost a two hour movie. By the time it was over I thought the movie was about 56 min in and there's something more. However, nevermind the tired tropes and ridiculous twists, the most surprising thing about this movie is the inclusion of O Yujki Conjugate track in the soundtrack which has about five songs. OYC it's an obscure ambient British band and how their track ended up in a Hollywood movie with first class actors is truly a mystery, especially considering the low number of music tracks used.

Rameshwar IN

Reviewed June 2011Someone has watched a lot of Guy Ritchie's movies but couldn't make one in the same league. My rating is purely for entertainment value where the pace is quick and is occasionally funny. But if you take this movie as a whole, well it is full of holes. It is a story of mistaken identity where a guy is thought to be in debt to the two most powerful men in the city and is pushed around to make them some favors and is also closely followed by the police. It tries to exude style out of every frame while killing, getting killed, scared, angry etc etc. The performances were so flat even with the talent available just for the same reason mentioned earlier as Arnold Schwarzenegger could've played every role in the movie and could've pulled it off. The story was complicated to great lengths and the non-linear screenplay adds to the trouble of making it even more. It also has that revelatory end that unfolds in a way the Scooby Doo writers will be very proud of. The story is left for extreme coincidence and perfect execution of a plan that was hatched long long ago. Finally, it is just another case of style over content. Glossy to look at but never stays with you after the credits roll.

Robert J. Maxwell

It's hard to judge this movie because, in a fundamental way, it's really two movies -- one a casual look at mistaken identity out of "North By Northwest" -- the other a complicated story of murder and revenge, out of "The Usual Suspects." The performances are excellent with a few exceptions. One of the exceptions is Josh Hartnett, on whom the momentum of the story depends. He's inoffensive as the ordinary young guy mistaken for somebody who owes high-echelon gangsters a load of money, but he's something of an embarrassment as the bitter and sadistic killer of the climax.Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley are opposite numbers at the top of the racketeering business, and both are superb. Both are highly respected actors and here they get to show why. Freeman's two black goons are convincing as well, but Kingsley's are not. Kingsley is a rabbi. His goons are orthodox Jews and orthodox Jews are simply not menacing, even when they punch you out. Kingsley is hilarious in the penultimate scene. He's strapped into a chair and his killer is explaining why he must die. Kingsley is desperate to talk his way out of this inconvenient situation. He haggles in whispers. He tries gallantly to gesture with his arms and hands but he can't because they're taped to the arms of his chair.It sounds a bit like a joke so far, and for the most part it is, despite the broken nose and the punches in the stomach.The direction owes something to the Coen brothers, and if you have to owe something, the Coens are much better than Freeman or Rabbi Shlomo. Art direction should also take a bow. Lots of imagination has been expended on the set dressing. The screenplay is fine, the dialog has some nice exchanges and wisecracks, until the end, when it changes from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to something more like "Reservoir Dogs." That ending, and Josh Hartnett's light weight performance, keep it from being the thoroughly enjoyable parody of high-end crime that it might have been.