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Published January 26, 2006 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property unknown
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One film that has tickled our curiosity is Lucky Number Slevin. Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley, the cast for Slevin is enough to draw some added attention around the film.

However, the attention remains to be minimal, even with positive reviews beginning to pop up everywhere for the film.

Lucky Number Slevin Reviews

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!

AICN and Variety have both posted early review for Lucky Number Slevin and both reviews are positive.

And why wouldn't they be? If a film has Morgan Freeman on the cast the chances of it being a dud drops significantly (our own observation).

After a somewhat rough beginning with "Wicker Park," helmer Paul McGuiganPaul McGuigan and star Josh HartnettJosh Hartnett advance to new levels of devious gamesmanship in "Lucky Number Slevin." Thoroughly -- and sometimes justifiably -- infatuated with its own cleverness, this mistaken-identity thriller delights in narrative complication and Tarantino-esque self-awareness; it's when the labyrinthine plot starts to make sense, ironically, that the pervasive shallowness becomes a liability. Stylishly made and loaded with marquee talent, this Weinstein Co. acquisition is just smart enough to please mainstream auds without turning them off, though repeat viewings a la "Memento" and "The Sixth Sense" are unlikely.

I really enjoyed this film and its fresh take on the crime / noir genre. It tells the story of Slevin (Hartnett), a man who by is drawn into an underworld fued between two rival crimelords (Freeman and Kingsley) due to a case of mistaken identity. Linsey (Lui) is his temporary neighbor who takes an eccentric interest in his situation and tries to help him sort it out. There is a dark side to the seemingly light film that I won't get into because it would give away too much of the plot.

Its not much of a cerebral film but its a fun ride. I give it 4 out of 5.

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Why isn't there any hype surrounding Lucky Number Slevin? Well, we are a bit surprised ourselves since The Weinstein Company has marketed even their smallest of films (at least to the internet). Hopefully we can get an 'official' poster, movie stills and a trailer soon to help give the film a proper start.

Lucky Number Slevin Movie Page coming soon!

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