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Lucky Number Slevin (R)

Release Date: April 7th, 2006 by The Weinstein Company.
The Cast: Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Stanley Tucci, Lucy Liu, Kevin Chamberlin, Oliver Davis, Victoria Fodor, Sam Jaeger, Danny Aiello.
Directed by Paul McGuigan.

BASIC PREMISE: After being mistaken for someone else, Slevin (Hartnett) gets entangled in a dangerous conflict between two crime bosses, The Rabbi (Kingsley) and The Boss (Freeman).

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: From beginning to end, Lucky Number Slevin is full of fun and suspense. While checking up on his friend Nick (Jaeger), at his apartment Slevin briefly meets a fast-talking neighbor (Liu) and then, all-of-a-sudden, gets punched in the face by two strong guys when he opens the door again. From that point on, his life changes into a confusing, mysterious mess involving two powerful crime bosses. What makes this film so much fun is that Slevin plays along with the two bosses as if it were a game. He’s a smart, witty and even charming character, which makes it exciting to root for him through all of his adventures. Meanwhile, a detective (Tucci) follows him The entire cast shines, including Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley who deliver some of the most memorable lines. Bruce Willis plays an assassin, but to explain his role in detail would spoil all the suspense. Director Paul McGuigan includes a few exciting actions sequences and some well-shot flashbacks, but what’s really amazing is the interior set designs. The screenplay by Jason Smilovic has just the right amount of dry humor without making this into a silly comedy. Fortunately, the plot twists make logical sense, although the third act does get overwhelmingly twisted, but without giving you too much of a headache. SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Excessive plot twists.


IN A NUTSHELL: A real crowd-pleaser! A crackerjack suspense thriller! The entire cast sparkles!

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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