- Actors: Josh Hartnett, Stanley Tucci, Ben Kingsley, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman
- Directors: Paul McGuigan
- Producers: Christopher Eberts, Andreas Grosch, Kia Jam, Robert Kravis, Tyler Mitchell
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Eiv
- DVD Release Date: 10 July 2006
- Run Time: 109 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000F8O1M0
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,723 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Lucky Number Slevin [DVD]
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Thriller in which a case of mistaken identity lands Slevin (Josh Hartnett) in the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival 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.
How boring it is to label a movie Tarantino-esque anymore. The thing is, when it comes to an offering like Lucky Number Slevin, the shoe fits, and the result is anything but boring. Gruesome killings, arid wit, self-reflexive pop culture references, an A-list cast, and style-heavy production values abound, which gives the proceedings an epoxy bond that seals the Q.T. homage factor. Josh Hartnett--who spends a lot of buffed-up time with his shirt off--is Slevin Kelevra, a hapless fellow visiting his New York friend Nick. But Nick has disappeared, which sets off a mistaken-identity thrill ride when two goons grab Slevin (he's in Nick's apartment so he must be Nick) and take him to their crime lord boss, the Boss (Morgan Freeman). The Boss doesn't care about Slevin's wrong-man protests; he just wants the $96,000 Nick owes him. In one of many offers he can't refuse, Slevin has to agree to murder the son of the Boss's felonious arch rival, the Rabbi (Ben Kingsley) or take the bullet himself. But Slevin turns out to be no ordinary patsy. Thrown into the ingeniously designed production, clever plot twists, and academic nods to Bond, Hitchcock, and obscure old cartoons are Lucy Liu as a sexy coroner, Stanley Tucci as an obsessed cop, and Bruce Willis as a wily hit man with his finger in many pots. With so much visual and narrative trickery, there's almost too much to absorb in one viewing of this convoluted jigsaw puzzle of revenge and entertaining mayhem. Lucky Number Slevin isn't quite up to par with similarly brainy thrillers like Memento and The Usual Suspects, but the prospect of seeing it again in order to get your bearings is just as appealing.--Ted Fry
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I watched a well thought out and gripping film. It's a long time since I sat down and watched a dvd all the way through, without moving from my chair.
It is quietly played (rather than the usual bang, loud and in your face style that you usually get these days) by Josh Hartnett (proving that he's not just a bit of eye candy for the girlies in his underplayed lead character "Slevin"); Bruce Willis (who showed that he is more than "Die Hard"), Morgan Freeman (sorry but I've always found him a bit on the wooden side, but he's not that bad in this), Ben Kingsley (I've still not forgiven him for the Americanised Thunderbirds film). It would have been so easy for these roles to be overplayed but their not, with one exception ... I found the Lucy Liu acting for the character of Lindsley over cooked and very hammy.
The story plays out nicely at a good steady pace, and it held me throughout.
The only down side to the film in my point of view is Lucy Liu (I realise that men have to have their totty to look at but the scenes that appeared in seemed to be the only real disappointment, the only bits that seem to drag-on a little and unnecessarily slow the story down and the character was overplayed and irritating).
The down point to the dvd is again the very, very poor amount of extras (2 of them - the making of and a trailer).
Once again region 2 equals second class citizens in the dvd world. Normally I would have reduced the stars given but the film was very good and doesn't deserve the downgrade.
I enjoyed it ... if you're unsure rent it or borrow it from a friend and give it a try. I'm glad I bought it.
The dizzying interiors notwithstanding, the plot is slick, compelling, and insufficiently shallow to be dismissable. (And if you're a fan of 70's decor, then the interiors will be dazzling rather than as described.) The acting is uniformly convincing -- nothing less than you can expect from such an impressive cast, I suppose, though disappointments have been known -- and the story twists and turns without falling off the rails of its own ingenuity. The violence can be somewhat startling, but if you're in the mood for a thinking thriller, rent this. Or buy it, if you're a fan of any of the cast. It's a pretty good film to include in their CV's, and the plot is complex enough to warrant repeat viewing.
Bruce Willis explains at the start how story began: with "the Kansas City Shuffle". Slevin (Josh Hartnett) (and his towel) have dropped in to stay with Nick. But Nick has disappeared. Lyndsey (Lucy Liu) is the excellent girl from across the hallway, trying to solve the mystery of what has happened to Nick, whilst all the gangsters - The Boss (Morgan Freeman) and The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley) - think that Slevin is Nick...
The film won awards for the soundtrack, but I would have given it awards for the retro wallpaper and the design of the gangsters lairs, which were very stylish.
The film is really enjoyable, although the DVD extras were disappointing. The "making of" film is a succession of actors & film crew just saying how great everyone else on the film is, although the theatrical trailers are a masterclass in editing, but rather full of spoilers.
Watch and enjoy.