RocknRolla (2008)


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Starring: Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Toby Kebbell, Tom Hardy, Jimi Mistry

Lets not deny that ‘Lock Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels’ was a great film and rightfully made a massive impact in the film world. Which led to ‘Snatch’ which many people will agree is actually the superior of the two. Classic characters, good acting on the whole and some very funny lines. These were then followed by some absolute shockers… ‘Revolver’ anybody? Are you serious?

So, a full ten years after Lock Stock it was about time Guy Ritchie pulled something good out of the bag and save his ever decreasing reputation. Then came ‘RocknRolla’. The trailers looked lame and that he was falling back on a tired formula in the desperate search for some success. It did however get some good reviews and i was in the end pretty keen to check it out.

My expectations were low but i’m pleased to say it wasn’t altogether bad. Its nowhere near the dizzy heights of Snatch and Lock Stock but it is very watchable and enjoyable.

The main characters all do a good job, Gerard Butler from ‘300’ and Tom Wilkinson play the lead roles. The story revolves around ‘Johnny Quid’, a good character with a poor name, Uri Omovich, a Russian property developer, Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) the gangster and the local firm of petty criminals known as the Wild Bunch.

Worth mentioning is Toby Kebbell, who plays Johnny Quid (whoever came up with that name should be shot). He has put in some great acting in the past few years, in some good films, most notably ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’ and i tip him to be a big success in the future. RocknRolla just tries a little bit too hard for my liking, but maybe i’m just a bit picky.

Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Guy Ritchie

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