RocknRollaDirector: Guy Ritchie
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director Guy Ritchie heads back to the London underworld for this hyperkinetic crime comedy concerning a shady land deal that leaves every schemer in the city determined to get rich or die trying. When a Russian mobster orchestrates a lucrative/a>/i>/a>… See more details below
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director Guy Ritchie heads back to the London underworld for this hyperkinetic crime comedy concerning a shady land deal that leaves every schemer in the city determined to get rich or die trying. When a Russian mobster orchestrates a lucrative real estate scam, every criminal in London wants a piece of the action. Greed is the universal language, and everyone from unrelenting crime boss Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) to street-smart criminal One Two (Gerard Butler), corrupt accountant Stella (Thandie Newton), and unpredictable punk rocker Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell) seem to speak it fluently. As the bullets start to fly and the double crosses multiply, there's no telling who will walk away with the fortune after the gun smoke has cleared. Jeremy Piven, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, and Quantum of Solace Bond girl Gemma Arterton co-star.
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Cast & Crew
|Gerard Butler||Actor,One Two|
|Tom Wilkinson||Actor,Lenny Cole|
|Tom Hardy||Actor,Handsome Bob|
|Toby Kebbell||Actor,Johnny Quid|
|Karel Roden||Uri Obamavich|
|Chris "Ludacris" Bridges||Actor,Mickey|
|Richard Bridgland||Production Designer|
|Steve Clark Hall||Producer|
|Suzie Hartman||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Steve Isles||Score Composer|
|Navid McIlhargey||Executive Producer|
|Lauren Meek||Associate Producer|
|Ian Neil||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Andy Nicholson||Art Director|
|Steve Richards||Executive Producer|
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A number of years ago young director Guy Ritchie changed mobster movies with his infectious LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS and that twisted underbelly of London's crime population is back in full force with ROCKNROLLA. Ritchie's style - mixing rapid action, flashback explanations, loopy violence, wildly imaginative characters, and a near non-understandable collection of various accents from the British Isles coupled with an integral musical score - makes this tale of deceit, desperation, intrigue, vice in all forms, low on the food chain criminals at service in the line of polished professionals - a fast paced highly entertaining movie.
The script (yes, by Ritchie, too) combines narration with live conversation, a trait that can be distracting, but that in Ritchie's hands adds a layer of commentary and needed background that helps the viewer keep the many bits and pieces of plots screwed together. The Old School crime lord is played by Tom Wilkinson in a role far different from his previous roles. His nemesis is the New School crime lord Russian Uri (Karel Roden) with odd demands and a 'lucky painting' we never see. Gerard Butler pals with Idris Elba and the gay character Morne Botes in a back and forth series of thwarted attempts to gain status in the smarmy crime world headed by Wilkinson. The name character of Rocknrolla (pop star Johnny Quid) is well played by Toby Kebbell, Thandie Newton offers the touch of glamour as a twisted accountant, and Jeremy Piven, Chris Bridges (Ludacris), Jimi Mistry and narrator/star Archie (Mark Strong) pull it all together.
This film definitely has an audience for those who appreciate the skills of Ritchie as writer/director. For others, it may be a bit hard to follow the technique of dishing out this tangled tale. Grady Harp
It was nice to see a lot of familiar faces. Anyway, while this was good to okay at times, the pacing seemed a little long. Basically it was okay but has its moments.
RocknRolla is another hit for Guy Richie. Great characters, great action, and some very sexy scenes. Don't miss this one !!!
This is a movie that you'll either love or hate, however I found it to be quite entertaining because it all revolves around a painting that is never seen and Gerard Butler is one of the dumbest criminals I've ever seen but still love him. Good for laughs and that's about it.
By all of the positive press surrounding this film as Richie's return to form after Revolver and the God-awful Swept Away, I must say I was really let down by Rocknrolla. I was hoping the wizz-bang kid who brought us Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch had returned from creative exile to dazzle us again. Unfortunately, it seems he still has a bit of fine tuning to do. It wasn't the plot, which was typically twisty and wild. It wasn't the dialogue, which snapped, crackled, and popped the way his first two films did. But it seemed to lack the overall splashy pinache of his best work. Gone are the ground-breakingly insane jumpy edits, wipes, and split screens. The head-spinning camera moves and mad-capped zanniness seems to be lost as well. Rocknrolla seemed like a more refined Richie caper which is really a bummer. I waited and waited for the bit of the old uber-violence, but was saddly let down. It felt as though we were watching a middle aged man's idea of cool and that's heart breaking coming for this guy. If this film is lacking one major ingredient that made his first two so fantastic it can be summed up in a word: fun. Perhaps next time he'll let his freak flag fly once again and knock us on our bums. Until then, stick to his first two...
Well, I have to say I really didn't like this movie but bought it because I am an avid Gerry Butler fan and I wanted to add it to my DVD collection. Can't get into these foreign films for some reason.