Wednesday, May 20, 2009
RocknRolla Movie Review
RocknRolla is a British crime film that was written and directed by Guy Ritchie, who also directed the cult classic film, Snatch, in 2000.
The story’s plot involves a billionaire, Russian mobster named Uri (Karel Roden) who sets up a real estate scam that will generate millions of pounds. But when the mobster’s of London’s criminal underworld find out about this, they want a piece of the profit.
The story consists of an old-time mafia gangster, Lenny Cole, (Tom Wilkinson), his right hand man Archy (Mark Strong), who is also the films narrator, Uri’s sexy accountant named Stella (Thandie Newton), plus three small-time crooks called “The Wild Bunch,” who are: One Two (Gerard Butler), Mumbles (Idis Elba), and Handsome Bob (Tom Hardy.)
The story also involves a junkie-rock star, Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell), who faked his own death so that his record sales would increase.
Rapper Ludacris, aka Chris Bridges, and Jeremy Piven star in the film. They play as Johnny Quid’s former record producers, Mickey and Roman.
Most of the story line involves Uri’s “lucky painting,” which they never show. It reminded me a lot of the suitcase in the movie Pulp Fiction, where they never showed exactly what the content was inside of it.
To add to the story line, “The Wild Bunch” makes it a mission to find out who was the informant who put them, and some other people, away in prison for several years.
The film has some funny moments and the ending has a surprising twist to it.
In the beginning of the film it uses a lot of narration to try to explain what the story is about, which makes the movie a bit boring. Its narration is similar to the movie Casino.
It’s not until the middle and towards the ending of the film that the story line becomes more interesting.
Though the film did receive mixed reviews by critics, the films ending implies that their will be a sequel by stating the title, Johnny, Archy, and the Wild Bunch will be back in The Real Rock n Rolla.
If you are into gangster films that are full of action and has some comedy in it, than this is a movie you wouldn’t mind seeing.
RocknRolla is rated R and contains pervasive language, violence, drug use, and brief sex scenes.
The DVD was released on January 27, 2009.
Reviewer's Rating: 5 out of 10
Written by: Bridget Campos
Originally posted on February 1, 2009