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Early Number Slevin Review

Published December 19, 2005 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image from the graphic novel by Alan Moore.
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Though not much is known about the upcoming film Lucky Number Slevin, let us start by telling you what we do know.

The film features an impressive cast that includes Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley. It will be released through The Weinstein Company on March 31, 2006. Paul McGuigan (Wicker Park) directed the film.

See, I told you we didn't know much. But now we have been alerted to an early review that claims Lucky Number Slevin is the best pulp film to date plus a synopsis.

Lucky Number Slevin Review

The good people over at RottenTomatoes have recently posted the following synopsis for Lucky Number Slevin:

It all starts with a horse. Then an innocent man is mistaken for someone who owes money to a bookie. And when Mr. Goodkat (Bruce Willis), the most notorious assassin around, blows into town, everyone knows something big is about to burst. But what? Paul McGuigan's delectable murder mystery, Lucky Number Slevin, is a fun, fast-paced thoroughbred of a thriller that is a sheer delight to track. Try and crack it, if you can!

Slevin (Josh Hartnett) comes to New York to visit his friend Nick, but finds his apartment empty. "I think Nick is in trouble," says Lindsey (Lucy Liu), his neighbor. This becomes clear to Slevin when he opens the door expecting to see cute little Lindsey and gets a henchman's knuckles instead. The boss (Morgan Freeman, and later Ben Kingsley) wants to see Nick, and Slevin can't prove he's not Nick because his pocket got picked that morning. Soon he finds himself in the middle of a high-profile murder being plotted by one of New York's biggest crime bosses. Exactly what kind of trouble is Nick in?

McGuigan has crafted a densely stylish film noir from Jason Smilovic's swift, tight, and furious script. Lucky Number Slevin's sly humor leaves you smiling as you contemplate the beauty of a Kansas City shuffle.

We were so amped to finally find a synopsis for Lucky Number Slevin that we didn't think we could do any better for the film until the start of 2006. However, the good people over at Joblo have recently received the first early review for the film that claims it is the cat's pajamas.

Lucky Number Slevin is one of the best pulp movies ever made. I had no idea what this movie was going to be when they handed me the flyer and asked me to show up. They only gave the cast list which included Josh Harnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Lucy Lui, and Ben Kingsley which right away made me want to see this movie. The only thing that turned me off was that Harnett was listed as the main character and I the only thing he has done that I really liked was Sin City which he was in for about 5 minutes. Anyway the movie starts off right away with two murders before you can even blink an eye. There has not even been a word of dialogue and two people are dead. You then cut to a scene of Bruce Willis sitting in a wheel chair talking to a random guy about a horse race some 15 years ago. The horse was doctored to win and a regular Joe found out about it and bet basically his whole life on it. The horse coming down the stretch falls and breaks his leg. The mobsters he is in debt to kill him, his wife and his son. Then in one of the coolest scenes of the movie Bruce Willis kills the random guy. So before you can even get a handle on what the hell this movie is about, 6 people are already dead. This will be considered one of the best openings of a movie in a long time.

We are hoping to receive a bunch of promotional materials and movie info for Lucky Number Slevin from The Weinstein Company during the start of 2006. For now, check out the entire review for Lucky Number Slevin at Joblo.

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