Lucky Number Slevin
2006 is looking to be a great year for movies. With films such as V for Vendetta, 16 Blocks, Inside Man and now Lucky Number Slevin getting our tastes ready for the main entrees (tentpole films) coming this summer, it turns out these films do their job so well that it is them we would like to have as an entrée.
V for Vendetta blew my mind after entering theatres under mixed reviews and now it is director Paul McGuigan’s Lucky Number Slevin that has astounded under the curtain of negative reviews.
Taking the Guy Richie formula used in both Lock, Stock and Snatch (definitely not Swept Away), McGuigan creates a film that fools viewers into thinking it is a lighter take on dark crime. What we don’t know is that even in the lightened atmosphere present for about the middle third of the film, the viewers are completely in the dark.
Who is the real person being conned here?
Lucky Number Slevin Review
Lucky Number Slevin’s story all begins with a horse. Though the viewer doesn’t know it at first - - you actually don’t know it until the end - - the story of the horse has everything to do with the film. Before you start complaining that I am giving some major twist away, I am not. Bruce Willis, playing the top-rated hitman named Mr. Goodkat, reminds us that the horse has something to do with the plot; though you don’t know what that is exactly.
After a mixture of unique dialogue, twists, turns and backstabbing, the film brings us to a conclusion that is so fulfilling and downright wrathful that it is hard not to shout ‘damn!’ by the time the closing credits hit the screen.
Maybe Hartnett could be the next Bond.
Am I saying I liked the movie? Hell yeah I did! I would assume that any person who appreciated the finer elements of either Lock, Stock or Snatch to enjoy Lucky Number Slevin as well.
One major issue viewers might encounter is that the con seems like it is more on us, the viewer, than it is on the actual characters. Sure, the film does leave us in the dark to the level of Ocean’s Twelve, but the ending conclusion is so much more fulfilling.
Most would think Josh “Heartthrob” Hartnett would be the greatest weakness to a film of this genre and caliber. To be completely honest, and I hate doing this, Hartnett played a perfect Sleven. Not only does the role require multiple angles, personalities and complicated dialogue, it should be enough to help earn Hartnett the respect of many male moviegoers that have enjoyed bagging on him the past half-decade. If you thought he was cool as the salesman in Sin City, then this film should be a real kick in the pants.
With Hartnett comes an entire cast of great characters including Ben Kingsley as The Rabbi, Morgan Freeman as The Boss, Lucy Liu as the caffeinated Lindsey and, obviously, Bruce Willis with his return to the hitman role as Mr. Goodkat.
By the end of the film every moviegoer should appreciate the slick style to Lucky Number Slevin, its use of dialogue, the intense violence that occurs during the appropriate windows, and the incredible conclusion that leaves no end untied. Who knew one stupid horse could cause such a chain of events!
In short, Lucky Number Slevin is the epitome of cool.