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More of the same from Richie: Lock Stock all over again,
This review is from: Rocknrolla [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (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.