Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Reviewed on 2010 June 18
Interesting and convoluted gangster yarn, evocative of both The Usual Suspects and Guy Ritchie’s stuff, with almost overly snappy dialogue and everyone keeping a poker face throughout the movie.
The film hits the ground running with a man (Bruce Willis) narrating a shaggy dog story about a day at the races going horribly wrong, then segues into complete chaos. A young New Yorker (Josh Hartnett) is having the bad day of all bad days: he’s been mugged and lost about everything but his sense of humor (and Towel Fu), and crashes at a friend’s apartment, only to have two crime lords (Morgan Freeman and Sir Ben Kingsley) both mistake him for that most entertaining of movie creatures, The Wrong Guy. About the only thing the two kingpins agree on is that our man owes each one of them big, and he has a short period of time to deliver the goods.
Hartnett does a great job here, and it’s funny to see Lucy Liu play New York’s perkiest mortician. It’s a very distinctive movie, between some non-linear events and the wardrobe and set designs that looked like Ima Hipster created them from the More Ironic Than You catalog. If you plan on snacks with your movie, get them ready before you start watching unless you don’t mind pausing; you don’t want to miss anything. This thing requires attention.
Three chocolate morsels.