Cert: 18 Runtime: 110 mins Director: Paul McGuigan Cast: Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Stanley Tucci
Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest in Monte Carlo and came in third; that’s a story.
Slevin (Josh Hartnett) seems to be your average Joe Bloggs going to New York visiting his old friend Nick. Arriving in the city Slevin’s luck takes a bad turn. He gets mugged and his wallet is stolen, ooh and a broken nose. Arriving at Nick’s apartment he finds the door open and Nick is nowhere to be found. As if this wasn’t bad enough luck, Slevin swiftly finds himself in some deep trouble when a couple of hoods show up at Nick’s apartment and escort Slevin, believing him to be Nick, to a meeting with The Boss (Morgan Freeman). Nick owes the The Boss $ 96 ,ooo and he isn’t buying Slevin’s story “you’ve got the wrong guy”. The Boss offers to wipe Nick’s debt in return for a favor; Slevin is to assassinate the son of The Boss’s arch-rival, Schlomo The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley), as The Boss holds The Rabbi responsible for the killing of his own son a few days earlier. But Slevin’s day doesn’t get any better, as no sooner is The Boss done with him than The Rabbi summons Slevin (also under the impression he is Nick) to his apartment headquarters opposite to The Boss’s. Nick also owes The Rabbi $ 33,000 and he’s decided it’s time to collect the debt. No favors, no alternates, just the cash in 48 hours. With the added pressure of a suspicious cop (Tucci) applying the heat and a shady hitman (Willis) seemingly stalking him, Slevin has to try and resolve his increasingly awkward predicament while Nick’s oddball neighbour Lindsay (Lucy Liu) tries to help him uncover what happened to his friend.
This is only the first level of events in this film, I think that due to the mass layers of story the film doesn’t have a smooth flow, you need to be focusing all the time.. For a first time scriptwriter like Jason Smilovic, he wanted to create something amazing but I belive Paul McGuigan couldn’t give it the script the right direction on the big screen. Nonetheless I still enjoy it, it’s a fantastic cast of actors many looking to make a good indie film. It’s a shame Josh Hartnett doesn’t make a lot of films but I truly think that it’s one of his best performances. I do rather enjoy the decline of Ben Kingsley’s American accent declining through the whole film, but he still makes a good Rabbi gangster. A movie-goer couldn’t dream of such an acclaimed cast neither did Paul McGuigan, but still you mite as well give it a go. It’s a damn good movie (please discourage my ranting as I still love the movie)…