Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie
Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Toby Kebbell,
Jeremy Piven, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges
RunTime: 1 hr 54 mins
Released By: Warner Bros
Rating: M18 (Coarse language and some scenes
Official Website: http://www.rock-n-rolla.com/
Day: 9 October 2008
a Russian mobster orchestrates a crooked land deal, millions
of dollars are up for grabs, and all of London’s criminal
underworld wants in on the action. Everyone from a dangerous
crime lord to a sexy accountant, a corrupt politician and
down-on-their-luck petty thieves conspire, collude and collide
with one another in an effort to get rich quick.
Ahh…Ye good ole’ British gangster flick graces
our screen once more in the form of Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla.
This genre was particularly sensationalized sometime around
ten years ago with Ritchie’s Lock, Stock & Two Smoking
Barrels. This was followed up with the cult-favourite, Snatch
and a couple of others by various people but the genre never
full regained its glory. Ritchie has returned to familiar
territory and it might just be a rocknrolla of a time.
is in general, a tale about a web of deceit. The characters
involved are quite the colourful bunch and this bodes well
for an entertaining affair. Tom Wilkinson plays Lenny Cole,
an old school is a businessman who has connections to the
British underworld, one who can make anything you want happen.
He strikes up a real-estate deal with Russian billionaire,
Uri, played by Karel Roden, involving millions of euros and
a very lucky painting. Hoping to cash in on the action are
Uri’s accountant, Stella played by Thandie Newton and
“The Wild Bunch” led by Gerard Butler’s
One-Two. Soon enough, a couple of millions go missing as does
the very lucky painting and this fuels the tale of RocknRolla.
movie starts off pretty slowly that for the first quarter,
one will not be too certain where the story could really be
heading. This is of course till the heist and capers occur
that the story really starts moving ahead with the usual blend
of British humour and manners. The movie is not exactly a
visual spectacle but it is a fancy flick that has several
interesting moments that are downright funny and bordering
on the philosophical. It is not just the high jinks that occur
that keep the story, the randy bunch of characters makes the
ride a pretty fun one.
played a character with underworld connections before in Batman
Begins and Cassandra’s Dream, Tom Wilkinson sports a
bald hair-do and slips much comfortably into the role of Lenny
Cole. Another highlight would be the fantastic performance
of Toby Kebbell as Johnny Quid, the man who more or less gets
things into quite a mess and Thandie Newton as the conniving
accountant, more or less does well enough in this movie.
it is “The Wild Bunch” that the movie belongs
to. Joining Gerard Butler are Idris Elba and Tom Hardy as
Mumbles and Bob respectively, the guys hired to pull the heists.
They often get caught up in much undesired circumstances and
the roughhousing they get entangled in with two badass Russians
is quite a spectacle to watch on screen. Butler continues
to prove his acting chops and should really be getting more
credit for his works.
may not offer something that is new to the gangster genre
but it is a watchable flick throughout. Guy Ritchie may have
stuck with the same formula that he used for his previous
gangster flicks but it is a fun experience for those who may
not have seen a gangster flick before. Ritchie is back where
(Guy Ritchie has gotten his groove back on and this is a rocknrolling
time at the movies)
Review by Mohamad Shaifulbahri