Tuesday, January 27, 2009

RocknRolla

Genre - Action/Comedy/Crime Thriller
Year Released - 2008
Running Time - 115 minutes
Directed by Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch)
Written by Guy Ritchie (who also wrote Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch)
Cast Includes:
Tom Wilkinson (The Patriot, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
Karel Roden (Blade II, Hellboy, Running Scared, and The Bourne Supremacy)
Thandie Newton (Crash, Mission Impossible 2, and The Chronicles of Riddick)
Gerard Butler (300, Nim's Island, Dracula 2000, and Reign of Fire)
Tom Hardy (Star Trek: Nemesis - he is also going to play Charles Bronson in the upcoming film Bronson)
Idris Elba (28 Weeks Later, American Gangster, and The Unborn)
Ludacris (Crash, Hustle & Flow, and Max Payne)
Jeremy Piven (PCU, Grosse Pointe Blank, Very Bad Things, Serendipity, and Old School)
Gemma Arterton (Strawberry Fields from Quantum of Solace)
Toby Kebbell


Rating: 4 Skulls


Plot Summary:
In London, a real-estate scam put millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city's scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick.

While the city's seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player - a drugged out rock 'n' roller, presumed to be dead, but very much alive - has a multi-million dollar prize fall into his hands.


Review:
I am a fan of Guy Ritchie [I love his film Snatch! - notice how I phrased that :-) and I enjoyed Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels] I was going to see this one in the theatre, however it was one of those that was here for a week and then gone :-(

If you like Guy Ritchie's other movies, then you will like this one as well.
[I would have to say that I liked this one even more than Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels - though Snatch is still my favorite Ritchie film]

As with all of Ritchie's films, there is a ton of stuff going on - all intertwined and intermingled.
I had quite a few favorite scenes in this film, and there are some really funny parts as well. [one of which is when Handsome Bob - played by Tom Hardy - lets One Two - played by Gerard Butler - in on a little secret of his - that was too funny!

Let me leave you with my favorite line of the film [spoken by Tom Wilkinson, who was fantastic in this film!] "I own these bollocks, and right now they're more fragile than a pair of quail's eggs" :-)

Here's the Trailer:



Oh, and just so you aren't left hanging at the end of the film - this is the 1st film in a planned trilogy...

Jason

8 comments:

Smirking Revenge said...

Grrr....Argh, I am so jealous that you get to see all of these great flicks Jason. Either I don't get them in my neck of the woods or I cannot seem to find the time. Although I am going to go and see Slumdog Millionaire tomorrow (I try to see the Oscar noms even though the Oscars just frustrate me in the end...still Oscar party = fun to be had). Wish this film would head my way. Here endeth my frustration. ;}

when is evil cool? said...

ugggh.

i'll read this post this weekend. i just got transiberian today and i'm getting rocknrolla tomorrow from netflicks.

yer always one step ahead.

Rev. Fred Phantom said...

Good to see Guy Ritchie is back! I loved his first two flicks as well--I'm gald this one stacks up two those films.

thebonebreaker said...

Starbuck,

RocknRolla just came out on DVD yesterday - Netflix has it available as well!

My parents saw Slumdog and really liked it [plus you can't really go wrong with Danny Boyle] ;-)

Let me know how you liked Slumdog - it's in my Netflix Queue

J

thebonebreaker said...

Evil,

Definitely be sure to let me know how you liked Transsiberian, as well as RocknRolla! :-)

J

thebonebreaker said...

Rev,

Glad to hear that you're a Ritchie fan [I thought perhaps he would be too mainstream for you!] just kidding :-)

J

when is evil cool? said...

just saw it last night. pleasantly surprised.

not the biggest guy ritchie fan myself (i live with one) i really liked this one. snatch is still my favorite overall but this one was pretty good and a nice start for the trilogy i thought. the chase after the 2nd heist with the russians was hilarious.

one thing i saw from a mile and a 1/2 away though was i knew they were not going to show that painting.

thebonebreaker said...

Evil,

Glad to hear that you liked the film! [Snatch is still my favorite as well]

That chase sequence was one of the best parts of the movie! [that guy just kept going!] :-)

Yeah, I figured that [about the painting] as well - for the best, probably.

J