Guy Ritchie (2005)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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 The Sopranos 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

Jake Green Jason Statham
Dorothy Macha Ray Liotta
Zack Vincent Pastore
Avi André Benjamin
Sorter Mark Strong
French Paul Terence Maynard
Lily Walker Francesca Annis
Billy Andrew Howard
Doreen Anjela Lauren Smith
Director Guy Ritchie
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: RedbusGuidance: Violence, swearing drug abuse, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 Sep 2005