In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city's scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. While the city's seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player -- a drugged-out rock 'n' roller presumed to be dead but very much alive -- has a multi-million-dollar prize fall into... See full summary »
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
After seven years in solitary, Jake Green is released from prison. In the next two years, he amasses a lot of money by gambling. He's ready to seek his revenge on Dorothy (Mr. D) Macha, a violence-prone casino owner who sent Jake to prison. He humiliates Macha in front of Macha's lieutenants, leaves, and keels over. Doctors tell him he has a rare disease and will die in three days; Macha also puts a hit out on him. Loan sharks, Zack and Avi, demand Jake's cash and complete fealty in return for protection. Jake complies, and through narration and flashbacks, we watch him through at least three days of schemes, danger, and redemption. Who is his greatest enemy? Written by
The letters in "revolver" match the arrangement of chess pieces on the first and last rank of the chessboard. See more »
The chess board in one scene is set up wrong as there is a black square in lower right hand corner. See more »
One thing I've learned in the last seven years: in every game and con there's always an opponent, and there's always a victim. The trick is to know when you're the latter, so you can become the former.
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There are no opening or end credits. Only the distributor (EuropaCorp) and the production company (Revolver Pictures Ltd) are credited at all. The ending has several minutes of blank screen and piano music. This seems to be a deliberate choice by the director to reinforce the movie's philosophical themes. See more »
Ostensibly a gangster movie, Guy Ritchie's REVOLVER turns out to be some self-serving, pretentious piece of existentialism in which characters aren't really characters but rather archetypes and a key theme revolves around a game of chess. Er, THE SEVENTH SEAL this ain't...
It's clear that cast and crew are out of their depth, with Ritchie floundering with the concept and resorting to the usual kind of dumb humour and gangster clichés. Statham is way out of his comfort zone and needs to go back to the stock action movies he's better known for, and Ray Liotta, prancing around in tight swimming trunks, should really know better.
I do tend to gain some mild enjoyment from most of the films I watch, even the bad ones. A film like SORORITY ROW can be made fun of, after all. But REVOLVER is entirely without merit, and a complete waste of time I actually resented sitting through.
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