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Rocknrolla [DVD] [2008]

Gerard Butler , Thadie Newton , Guy Ritchie    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gerard Butler, Thadie Newton, Jeremy Piven, Mark Strong, Tom Wilkinson
  • Directors: Guy Ritchie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb. 2009
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F79U44
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,089 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Guy Ritchie, the writer/director of the acclaimed films Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, comes RocknRolla, a story of sex, thugs and rock 'n roll.

When a Russian mobster orchestrates a crooked land deal, millions of dollars are up for grabs. And all of London's criminal underworld wants a piece of the action.

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The film career of Guy Ritchie has endured a few bumps in recent years, with a collection of generally forgettable films from a man clearly capable of so much more. Thank goodness then for RocknRolla, which marks a smashing return to form, as he heads once more to the criminal underworld of London.

This time, Ritchie is playing far closer to the likes of Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and while RocknRolla may see the director playing on safer ground than of late, it doesn’t take long for the decision to be vindicated. The plot surrounds a real-estate job with millions at stake, and it gives ample excuse to unleash a collection of raw gangsters and tough guys into the mix, who each fancy a bit of the action.

Thus, RocknRolla brings together Gerard Butler’s Scottish gangster, Tom Wilkinson’s London crime lord, Toby Kebbell’s drug-addicted musician and the likes of Thandie Newton, Mark Strong and Jeremy Piven too. And Ritchie’s cast serve him really well, making ample mileage out of the lines they’re given.

Granted, all of this is hardly fresh territory for the director, but RocknRolla is nonetheless funny, action-packed and a good British mob film to while away an evening with. Welcome back, Mr Ritchie… --Jon Foster


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cor Blimey, guv,nor 18 Feb. 2009
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars "What Do You Think We Are...Criminals!" 13 Mar. 2009
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Rocknrolla - Some rock, but fails to roll 29 Aug. 2012
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Guy Ritchie is obviously a strong adherent of the saying `if it ain't broke don't fix it', as this 2008 film is essentially another remake of his smash hit `Lock Stock and two Smoking Barrels', with which he made his name. Sticking rigidly to the formula of loveable rogues in London getting in to debt with a major local crime figure, and having to pull off some dodgy shenanigans to get the money to clear the debt, whilst in the background there is a hunt for some valuable object (shotguns in lock stock, a diamond in Snatch, a painting here) which served him so well in `Lock Stock' and `Snatch', he again weaves another tale of black humour and violence. Coming after the abysmal `Swept Away' and the disappointing `Revolver', it was a wise choice to return to the formula, and a halfway decent film results.

With a great cast to work with, including Tom Wilkinson who plays the viscous crime boss with just the right elements of brutality and inherent weakness, Mark Strong who makes and effective narrating voice and chief heavy, Gerard Butler and Idris Elba as the loveable rogues and a very hot Thandie Newton, some of the old Ritchie magic is back on display, and the big set pieces manage to impress. But the whole thing is let down by a feeling of having seen it before. Too many of the characters and too much of the plot are lifted directly form his previous films, and though this is reasonably entertaining it is starting to get a bit stale. It's a bit flat and never really catches fire (I wonder if a viewer seeing this without seeing Ritchies previous works would agree?) and there is often a feeling of going through the motions. So in all only 3 stars. Could have been a lot worse (and indeed, Ritchie has made a lot worse), but it isn't as good as `Snatch' or the Sherlock Holmes films.
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