RocknRolla 2008

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(138) IMDb 7.3/10
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The action sequences are slick in this gangster land parody. An old-school villain is no match for One Two, a small timer he employs to obtain a painting belonging to a bent football-loving Russian billionaire. But the old gangster is working on a property scam with him...

Starring:
Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

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RocknRolla

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime, Comedy
Director Guy Ritchie
Starring Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson
Supporting actors Thandie Newton, Idris Elba, Ludacris, Mark Strong, Jeremy Piven, Toby Kebbell, Tom Hardy, Gemma Arterton, Jamie Campbell Bower
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
This is a light-hearted (trans: unrealistic) tale of London criminal skullduggery during a property boom (whatever one of those was). It opens with a CASINO like sequence describing how money can be made and lost where crooked councillors fix planning permission. But thereafter it rolls into a tragi-comedy of errors with overly wordy repartee. Occasionally violence penetrates the jolly atmosphere but usually in a cartoonish way (the Russian/Chechen heavies in the chase scene), a possible exception being a Joe Peschi pencil job on the bouncer. All the characters are unpleasant and it is hard to care who comes out on top. The actor playing the Russian oligarch has a strange resemblance to...... someone else.

Better than revolver, nowhere near SNATCH, what would Brick Top say!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Mar 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Guy Ritchie makes films for guys about guys, and frankly "my son", this one is loving it...

I say this because there's appalling film critic snobbery surrounding Ritchie and I for one can't stand it. Ok, so "RocknRolla" is not Shakespeare - nor David Lean - so what! When you sit down to it, you do so with a grin on your puss the size of Britain's National Debt. Why - because you just know you're going to spend the next two hours giggling and grimacing (for all the wrong reasons of course) and you're going to be rightly and royally entertained. And bluntly how many British film directors-cum-writers are 'this' good - can entertain you 'this' much? In an industry that seems to have lost the knack of actually turning us on, on the strength of "RocknRolla", I for one will be looking out for the Blu Ray box of Guy Ritchie films and not yet another version of Bourne or Aliens (good as they may be).

The story is layered and smart; the dialogue is either crude or ballbreakingly funny - or frequently both - and the casting is varied and immaculate - all of them clearly enjoying themselves. The songs are apt and used sparingly and there's an already classic one-liner that had many of our customers in the shop laugh out loud when we played the CD the other day (dialogue inbetween the music tracks).

The good news for fans is that the BLU RAY version of "RocknRolla" is beautifully filmed and I think actually suits Ritchie's film style to a tee - it makes the sharp suits and the London locations shine more. Actor wise - "RocknRolla" is crammed full of great cameos and has a lot of classy leading double acts. Tom Wilkinson is the bigwig old-school London criminal Lenny Cole with Mark Strong as Archie his sidekick. Both are typically outstanding.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov 2010
Format: Blu-ray
This is basically exactly the same Guys Richie's film Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels. It is the same 'circular' idea - A robs B who robs C who robs A - except this time it's more of a white collar crime caper.

It takes the flood of foreign investment, money and power, that changed the face of London during the property boom, as it's base. Some might suggest this foreign money - lots of it belonging to the big Russian oligarchs who came to town - had a 'slight' criminal element behind it, which is the crux of the story, as east meets west and clash.

Gerard Butler is good in the lead and there are one or two very good scenes (namely the scenes with the eastern European hit men) but other than that, the film lacks originality which makes you end up feeling very much like Guy might be 1 trick pony.

Fans of the brilliant film 'Dead Man's Shoes' by Shane Meadows will recognise one of the cast members - which without giving too much away - looks like he'll end up being the main character in Rock 'n' Rolla 2 - which we're promised is coming soon, but as of yet hasn't appeared. My guess is it never will.

It's not bad - but it's not great, and it went on about 20 minutes too long for my liking, but overall it was an OK watch. One for TV though... I sold my copy, which incidentally I brought 2nd hand too. Not sure what that says about it - but it probably supports my theory of wait to watch it on TV.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Sep 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I really wanted to like this. I even expected to. It had all the ingredients: a great cast, Ritchie at the helm having penned it himself, and hey - just like the tagline says - a story about sex and thugs and rock 'n roll.

But it didn't work for me. It didn't have that X factor, that soul, that special stamp of identity that makes you remember it for years to come. The story was typically convoluted yet simple so any audience can 'get it', the characters brilliantly chosen and pushing the limits of stereotype but never really breaking through (so that's good), and the soundtrack, while uninspired overall, was still just right for the mood and Ritchie-stamp. Definitely a case of the whole not matching up to the sum of its parts and in the end, a really poor comparison to classics like Lock Stock.

Don't get me wrong - Tom Wilkinson was funny as old-skool hood Lenny Cole and it was great to see him back on home turf after putting on some less than convincing accents on the other side of the pond. His back-up man Archy was played by Mark Strong - who was outstanding in the lead role in The Long Firm - and although I think he makes for a better front-man than support it was great to see him here and he added some of his own particular gravitas to the cast. Another welcome player, albeit peripheral, was Idris Elba (Stringer Bell in The Wire) but overall I found myself enjoying the performances of individual actors rather than the unity of the team, and feeling that there was something missing that could and should have given the finished article a special attitide, an edge, something to remember it by. I can understand why many viewers would like like it and maybe even like it a lot, but as for me, I have to reluctantly say that it missed out.
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