A superior action mystery thriller, featuring Josh Hartnett, Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu and Ben Kingsley – with two blood-spattered bodies to contemplate, even before the opening credits have finished rolling!
The legendary Alfred Hitchcock made two movies, viz The Wrong Man with Henry Fonda, and North by Northwest, with Cary Grant, in which an innocent bystander is constantly mistaken as being somebody whom he is not. This film follows a similar theme, with Slevin Kelevra (Josh Harnett) being accused (and abused!) by two feuding gangs – who seem convinced that he is his own good friend, Nick Fisher.
The two ganglords are men simply known as “The Boss” (Morgan Freeman), and “The Rabbi” (Ben Kingsley) respectively. But where does the frequently-appearing hitman Goodkat Smith (Bruce Willis) fit into the scenario…and why is all this happening anyway?
Despite all the twists and turns along the way, everything comes to a most satisfactory conclusion…and I’m sure that the late Mr Hitchcock would’ve enjoyed it too!
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin (Josh Hartnett) in the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most infamous crime bosses: The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley) and The Boss (Morgan Freeman]. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski (Stanley Tucci) as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat (Bruce Willis) and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.
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Lucky Number Slevin
Tue, 1 Apr 2014 | Review by: Micky B
The overall plot set-up is, initially, the same as that used my the late Alfred Hitchcock in two of his films – namely the hero being sought by both the good and the bad guys as being someone he isn’t. In <i>The Wrong Man,</i> it was Henry Fonda. In <i>North by Northwest(which is referred to during this movie) it was Cary Grant. Here, it is Josh Hartnett’s turn. There are two feuding gang leaders, namely “The Boss” (Morgan Freeman) and “The Rabbi” (Ben Kinsley” who both wish that the man they mistakenly think is Slavin (Josh Hartnell) must be put out of the way…permanently! Then there is the mysterious Mr Goodkat.. He proves that he can take care of himself in a fight, but whose team is he on? And mention must be made of Lindsay (Lucy Liu) one of the Good Guys, who has the most natural-sounding infectious laugh I’ve heard in years.! Yes, it is a kind of up-to-date gang verses gang verses the police drama…with a few wild cards thrown in for good measure. And yes, we <i>do</i> get to learn where the name “Slevin” comes from!
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