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It's not Ritchie's best, but it's not a total mess....
Guy Ritchie says he got into the film business because he always wanted to direct entertaining movies. And his latest crime thriller "Revolver" is exactly that. It's heavily flawed and utterly ridiculous, but at least it's entertaining. The story, confusing as it is, focuses on Jake Green (Jason Statham), a quick-witted gambler who puts his life on the line when he insults Dorothy Macha (Ray Liotta), a powerful casino owner. After Macha orders his ruthless killers to take him out, Jake seeks shelter with two con men offering to protect him in return for his fortune. "Revolver" is as chaotic as a massive shoot-out in which it's nearly impossible to figure out who's shooting whom. Ritchie's script is a total, pseudo-philosophical mess, digging deep into the intricacies of the human ego. Ritchie also plays around with certain rules and formulas to pull off the ultimate con, but the whole game concept is ludicrously over the top. Meanwhile, the characters spend most of the time tossing around wise rules instead of delivering a coherent exchange of dialogue. "You can only get smarter by playing a smarter opponent" or "The greatest enemy will hide in the last place you would ever look" are just two of a horde of examples. The film also ends with a major twist, but if you haven't lost track of things or even care enough to stay focused until the end, chances are you won't be surprised. I initially expected more from the actors, but they're certainly not in their best shape. Jason Statham is always good at playing tough guys looking for trouble, and he's undoubtedly the only cast member to put on a good show as Jake Green. Ray Liotta struggles in the role of malicious casino tyrant, but the only intimidating thing is his underwear. He really could've worn more clothes. As for Andre Benjamin and Vincent Pastore, their shallow performances almost go unnoticed. On a more positive note however, "Revolver" is incredibly fast-paced and action-loaded. No matter how confusing or ludicrous the plot really is, the movie is stuffed with hot pursuits and crazy shoot-outs, captured stylishly by cinematographer Tim Maurice-Jones. In the end, despite the crippled script, Ritchie's direction and vision give way for some extravagant but compelling sequences that will keep the entertainment boat afloat for 105 minutes. I recommend this flick to Ritchie fans who are glad he dumped "Swept Away" and returned to the action genre.
Awful...in a cool sort of way.
It's the kind of movie where half the audience will leave thinking WHAT was that? That was awful, and the other half will leave thinking WHAT was that? That was cool. Personally I like films that I don't understand (i.e. Mullholland Drive), so I enjoyed Revolver. It definitely wasn't perfect though. I saw the big twist coming a mile away, at least part of it, and though sometimes some loose ends left unexplained is good, Revolver leaves A LOT of questions unexplained for no reason it seemed. Also some scenes, like the animation, and the scene where Sorter goes on a killing spree(actually one of my favorites), although, awesome scenes to watch, seemed to just be there because they were awesome to watch, not because they fit in with the movie. However there were many good things too. I thought the acting was superb from all the main actors, Jason Stratham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore, and even Andre Benjamin(who was a pleasant surprise). This movie definitely kept my interest, with one great, suspenseful, action packed, scene after another. When Ray Liotta was being held under the table wow....well you have to see it. The script was extremely well done, and the soundtrack, as with most Guy Ritchie films, was great. Though a step below such movies as, Fight Club, Mullholland Drive, and Usual Suspects, it was still an awesome fast paced, psychological, action movie, with many twists and turns and tons of scenes you will remember long after the movie is over.
Guy Ritchie need I say more
Highly underrated. A great film. Jason Statham is at the top of his game in this pyschological action film. Guy Ritchie fails to disappoint yet again fusing his hip gangster approach with a deep, deep mental thriller. Little known as that he intended this film to be his masterpiece (in my book it certainly rivals Snatch and Lock Stock) working for 4 years researching the human pysche/ego and its tricks it uses to retain control). If you like Guy Ritchie films or you like films that really make you think, that question why things are the way they are, what life is, who has control--then you will thoroughly enjoy this film. Highly recommended
Revolver...can change your life!
I bought this movie on the advice of a very wise friend of mine. I watched the movie, then the Director's Cut and the deleted scenes. Quite simply, this movie has gems of wisdom in it that can improve your life, while still keeping you engrossed in a great story with amazingly convincing acting. This is an amazing movie to me!
Revolver DVD - Guy Ritchie writer/director
Great movie. Another gangster movie from Ritchie but the same as his previous British gangster films. As much as I liked Lock Stock, Snatch etc, this was more of an analysis of the psychology of the human ego. In fact, that's exactly what it was as experienced by a successful gangster (Statham) who was wronged, jailed, released and vowed revenge. His plans have to be put on hold when he meets two mysterious and brutal loan sharks and is forced to work with them. But they have ulterior motives and a greater plan for (Statham). This film is very worthwhile, complex and interesting.