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RocknRolla (2008)

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 »

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A story of sex, thugs and rock 'n roll.

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Rated R for pervasive language, violence, drug use and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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31 October 2008 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,565,439 (UK) (5 September 2008)

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$5,694,401 (USA) (19 December 2008)
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Archie: 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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Rosalyn
Written by Jimmy Duncan (as Duncan), William Arthur Farley (as Farley)
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Ritchie Snatches from himself Lock, Stock and Barrel.
29 December 2009 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

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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