Bruce Willis, Sir Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman, Lucy Liu, Stanley Tucci
and Josh Hartnett fill a cast line up every bit as impressive as say,
Sin City. Leaving behind the sour taste of Wicker Park, Scottish
McGuigan follows the likes of his own Gangster Number 1 with this
incredibly cool, at times funny thriller that has somehow sneaked into
the cinemas without much of a fuss. Supporting cast includes a very
welcome cameo from a Jackie Brown star and a bunch of UK actors
imitating their US counterpart's accents to perfection. The pairing of
Sir Ben and Freeman alone is worth the price of admission, but this is
Hartnett(as Slevin)'s film and perhaps it should not be too surprising
that he carries it off effectively. In fact, none of the cast really
put a foot wrong and even Lucy Liu is pretty adorable (against type if
you believe the all the press).
Despite a reasonably confusing series of opening events, Slevin is essentially a straight forward, neat black comedy of errors(mistaken identity for one). The dialogue is at times razor sharp and the action is well shot. The body count climbs steadily as the movie progresses at a cracking pace that never becomes dull. Slevin is thematically similar to a few other choice stories, but like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Slevin should be enjoyed more for the ride and the audience should try not to guess ahead of the plot and let it unfold naturally. There will still be some surprises appearing even for the most avid film fans but like so many thrillers Slevin could be ruined from word of mouth. If it weren't for the warm, familiar feel of similar films, this little gem would be rated higher. Unfairly dismissed by some as confusing, wrongly compared to the legendary Usual Suspects - it's a league apart from the mess that was Revolver and doesn't outstay a welcome.
Oh, and Willis gets to call someone a 'f*** head'. Great stuff.
In an airport waiting room, a man in a wheelchair tells a stranger a story about a fixed horse race in 1979 that resulted in a family's deaths. In Manhattan, two bookies and the son of a Mob boss die. A young man just out of the shower answers the door to a neighbor woman and explains that he's visiting, has had a bad week, including being mugged, and doesn't know where his pal, who lives there, is. The neighbor is chatty; she's a coroner. Two thugs arrive and, believing the visitor to be the guy who lives there, take him to see the boss with the dead son, who tells him to kill the son of his Mob rival. Mistaken identity? What connects the threads? Cops are watching.
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