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Writer/director Guy Ritchie (with a little help from Luc Besson) has strayed from his accessible
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
to concoct an eye-catching if intellectually overblown game of criminal cat and mouse. A bearded Jason Statham stars as Jake Green, a gangster who vows vengeance after a prison stint covering for his weirdly monikered boss Dorothy Macha - enthusiastically overplayed by Ray Liotta. But Green ends up in the hands of two vicious loan sharks (Vincent Pastore from
and rapper André Benjamin from Outkast) who may or may not have their own agenda. Quoting from Machiavelli and using the rules of chess as a metaphor for surviving in the world of crime probably sounded good on paper. But what unfolds here is a pretentious and repetitive substitute for a coherent plot as Green's identity - and the storyline as a whole - slides into a lukewarm intellectual smorgasbord.
A gambler endures a seven-year stint in solitary confinement after being set up by his deranged and dangerous former boss, a malevolent casino owner who also murdered his sister-in-law. On release he plans to exact a fitting revenge and sets out to bankrupt the villain, with the help of two enigmatic loan sharks. Guy Ritchie's crime drama, with Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore, Terence Maynard and Andre Benjamin.
Cast & Crew
Anjela Lauren Smith
Violence, swearing drug abuse, nudity.
DVD and Blu-ray
23 Sep 2005
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