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Not bad, not bad at all!
on 13 June 2006
Now after being branded as the 'Revolver' of the year by Empire, I started to have my doubts however I'm glad I stuck with this because it turned out to be a clever gangster smash, tragically damaged by a poor script and dodgy flashbacks.
Now basically without revealing spoilers, Josh Hartnett plays a guy who is about to have the worst day of his life as a case of mistaken identity involves him in a gang war between the Rabbi (Sir Ben Kingsley) and the Boss (Morgan Freeman).
Let's start with the good, Director Paul McGuigan assembled a superb cast who gave top-notch performances. Thumbs-up to Bruce Willis as the sinister hitman.
Now for the first hour it was the ultimate brain number with dodgy flashbacks with no relevance to the film and constant riddle-talking convos thanks to the poor script. However stick with it because the last half an hour makes up for it completely with all the pieces of the puzzle coming together to form a superb twist and story.
Overall, this is definitely not another Revolver and is a clever thriller tragically damaged with poor scripting and flashbacks. So please give it a shot but try to approach the film without too high an expectation.