Original Review Date: 4/14/2006
Before seeing Lucky Number Slevin, I read a review for this film that said that it was the film you would get if Quentin Tarantino had directed a film written by Alfred Hitchcock. After watching the film and closely listening to the dialog, truer words could not have been written about Paul McGuigan’s film. The only other films that have come out in the last few years with such entertaining and well written dialog are Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, written and directed by Shane Black and Frank Miller’s Sin City.
Because of the lackluster, average and disquietingly deceptive television commercials and accompanying trailer for Lucky Number Slevin, a perspective viewer of this film is misled into believing that Slevin is trite and derivative. This film is neither of the two but rather a bloody, entertaining and intriguing film, much like Wayne Kramer’s Running Scared. Where Kramer’s film stumbled in continuity and multiple endings, McGuigan’s film succeeds with a more surprising narrative and a well rounded ending.
If there is one thing that carries this film, it is what the characters have to say, especially Morgan Freeman (The Boss) and Sir Ben Kingsley’s (The Rabbi) characters. Both of them play mob bosses that hate each other for reasons that are eventually made clear.
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