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...
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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.
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.
A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson.
A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Lenny Cole, a London mob boss, puts the bite on all local real estate transactions. For substantial fees, he's helping Uri Omovich, a Russian developer. As a sign of good faith, Omovich loans Cole a valuable painting, promptly stolen off Cole's wall. While Cole's men, led by the dependable Archie, look for the canvas, three local petty criminals, the Wild Bunch, steal money from the Russian using inside information from his accountant, the lovely Stella. Meanwhile, a local drug-addled rocker, Johnny Quid, is reported drowned, and his connection to Cole is the key to unraveling the deceits and double crosses of life in the underworld. Written by
The movie makes recurring use of the Black Strobe song "I'm a Man" in the soundtrack. Black Strobe became famous in the 1990s for their song "Me and Madonna", referring to the famous singer, Guy Ritchie's former wife. See more »
In the scene where Lenny tells his henchmen the painting's been stolen, Bandy asks "where was it then?", his shirt collar is unbuttoned, sticking out of his jacket. Though when the camera cuts back to him, he is wearing a tie and his collar is buttoned. Then when it cuts back to him, his collar is unbuttoned and sticking out again. See more »
People ask the question... what's a RocknRolla? And I tell 'em - it's not about drums, drugs, and hospital drips, oh no. There's more there than that, my friend. We all like a bit of the good life - some the money, some the drugs, others the sex game, the glamour, or the fame. But a RocknRolla, oh, he's different. Why? Because a real RocknRolla wants the fucking lot.
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There is a scene in the closing credits: the complete scene of One Two dancing with Handsome Bob at the gay bar. See more »
Ritchie Snatches from himself Lock, Stock and Barrel.
A few lovable rogues find themselves mixed into a scheme that sees them dangerously crossing the path of the local Mr Big and there's also a valuable artifact that different, dangerous folk are after so things get complicated for everyone involved. Sound familiar? Writer-director Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla was hailed by many as a return to form upon it's release and, in a way, it is. Sadly, that's because it's pretty much an inferior copy of scenes he himself has done better and more stylishly in his first two movies. Which is a shame.
The saddest thing about this movie is the waste of such a great cast. Gerard Butler has been so good in so much lately that I really can't think of any faults with his work, ever. The other main asset here is Mark Strong, playing a hard man who puts up with a lot more than you may think he would but who also always does what needs to be done when he's convinced that it's the best course of action. Tom Wilkinson feels a little out of place playing a Mr Big here but, considering the way the story plays out, that might be an intentional thing. Thandie Newton is sexy and dangerous. Idris Elba is another consistently good performer, in my opinion. Toby Kebbell is fantastic. And I can watch Jeremy Piven in anything. Every other role is taken by someone just fine in the part so there are no problems there.
And Ritchie still has style to spare. We get the flourishes here and there, we get the juxtaposed scenes as stories are told and names talked about with respect, we also get the usual great mix of tunes to go with the visuals (although nowhere near as good as the tunes he has used in the past).
I'm actually not sure if Ritchie the writer provided material he had already overused or if Ritchie the director took the material and constructed the movie with far too many scenes he had already overused but this is one well that the man should perhaps stay away from for a while. It is watchable and certainly fun in places (the "money snatch" tale that Butler relates to Newton is full of some great, dark humour) but I personally even preferred the originality of Revolver, as despised as that movie was by many others.
See this if you like: Snatch, Layer Cake, Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels.
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