This one’s a Must-see!

Slevin (left) with his neighbour Lindsey, trying to figure stuff out.

Intelligent; filled to the brim with wit.

A somewhat strange confusing tale of murder and money, leading up to a grand twist – or rather a whole series of twists – with an all-star cast delivering wonderfully witty dialogue throughout it all whilst playing a lovely set of characters, one of whom barely ever wears more than a towel, this is a really nice movie.

Lucky Number Slevin is an usually smart and extraordinarily witty crime thriller which employs the talents of great actors like Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley, each playing a character more fascinating and clever than the last. This is certainly one of the more entertaining pictures of its genre.

In the film’s opening, a lone man is at an airport. He is approached by one Mr. Goodkat (Willis), who recites the story of a guy (Scott Gibson) who bet on the wrong horse and as consequence was killed by gangsters, as was his family, sans maybe his son, whose name I will not reveal. After telling the story, Goodkat kills the man and brings the body into the vault of a nearby truck.

Lucky Number Slevin then focuses a guy named Slevin (Josh Hartnett), although he does not live in an apartment that belongs to a guy named Slevin. Instead, he wakes up in an apartment he has borrowed from Nick Fisher, a man who owes money to two powerful crime lords, The Boss (Freeman) and his life long nemesis The Rabbi (Kingsley). He is mistaken for Fisher both by goons who answer to The Boss and those to The Rabbi, meaning he now owes much money to two dangerous crime lords. However, in The Boss’ case, he is instead given a task to wipe out The Rabbi’s son, after The Rabbi had done the same to The Boss’ son earlier. Slevin explains that he isn’t Nick Fisher but neither of the two crime lords seem to care.

The Boss and Goodkat play a game of chess, but who is truly controlling the pieces?

Lucy Liu plays Nick Fisher’s neighbour, who falls in love with Slevin and vice versa. Stanley Tucci plays a local detective who observes Slevin’s action, suspecting his link to The Boss and The Rabbi. Slevin’s backstory and the purpose of Mr. Goodkat are explained only vaguely but for a good reason. Wait until the film’s closure to understand what I mean. It is a jaw-droppingly clever and twist-filled one and the main reason Lucky Number Slevin is an unusually smart film.

In terms of both storytelling and dialogue, this is undoubtedly one of the more well-written crime thrillers in recent years. Each of the wonderful actors play a character who is fun to listen to and fascinating to look at. Hartnett is lovably snide, Liu is fast-talking and funny, Freeman is intelligent and cool and Bruce Willis is Bruce Willis; what more do you need?

It is wise to pay attention and do so closely whilst watching Lucky Number Slevin, as chances are you might miss something and not understand everything. The intro where Goodkat tells the story of the man who lost both his money and his life to horse betting is not random, I assure you. Keep your eyes and ears open if you make the brilliant choice to watch this brilliant movie.

Lucky Numer Slevin is cool, interesting, engaging and smarter than Kryten if he were injected with an IQ-boosting virus. Some people say that the characters are unrealistically witty and quick-minded and that the film may be a bit too smart. If you can forgive my choice of words, I don’t think the film is too smart as much as the viewer is too stupid. As for the dialogue being witty on an improbable level, I guess the characters too are just improbably smart. ‘Nuff said.

“The first time someone calls you a horse you punch him on the nose, the second time someone calls you a horse you call him a jerk but the third time someone calls you a horse, well then perhaps it’s time to go shopping for a saddle.” – The Rabbi. (I have no idea why I chose to post that particular quote, but I did. Just go with it.)

5/5 whatever.

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