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Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

Cast: Josh Hartnett, Josh Hartnett, Morgan Freeman, more...
Director: Paul McGuigan, Paul McGuigan
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Studio: Weinstein Company
Genre: Action, Comedies, Manhunt, Crime
Running Time: 110 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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An innocent man visiting a friend in New York City becomes embroiled in a dangerous series of events after being mistaken for the very man he has come to the city to see in director Paul McGuigan's labyrinthine murder mystery. Upon arriving at the empty apartment of his old friend Nick, the unassuming Slevin (Josh Hartnett) is troubled to hear the voice of his missing friend's next door neighbor Lindsay (Lucy Liu) expressing concern as to Nick's safety and whereabouts. When Slevin ventures into Lindsay's apartment only to be greeted by the uninviting fist of a thuggish mob henchman, he quickly realizes that Nick is indeed in grave danger. Soon summoned by the big boss and accused of being the deeply indebted Nick, Slevin's attempts to prove his identity are foiled by the fact that his wallet had been stolen upon arrival in the city. With time running out and a complex plot to assassinate one of the city's most powerful crime bosses slowly coming into focus, the arrival of a notorious hit-man named Mr. Goodkat (Bruce Willis) forces Slevin to step up his desperate search and reclaim his identity before he's forced to pay a debt that could cost him his life. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Lucky You by talltale August 30, 2006 - 2:12 PM PDT
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
One of those increasingly numerous movies that operates on the who's-killing-whom-and-why, what-the-hell-is-happening, stories-within-stories mode, LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN also happens to be among the best (of late). If it's not up to "The Usual Suspects," well, then, what is? Directed by Scotsman Paul McGuigan ("Gangster No. 1," "The Reckoning") and written by first-time screenwriter Jason Smilovic, it boasts a cast that you probably would not walk away from under any circumstances: Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley (oh--Sir, I forgot!), Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci and--repress that laugh!--Josh Hartnett.

Mr. Hartnett has been given a bad rap, mostly because he's chosen to appear in films that have proven pretty awful upon completion: "Pearl Harbor," "Wicker Park" (from Mr. McGuigan!), "Town and Country," "Here on Earth," etc. Yet this actor is often quite good in his own low-key but intelligent manner (try "O," "Blow Dry" or even "Hollywood Homicide"). Here he helps ground the entire movie (along with the funny, fine work from Willis and Liu). The whole cast seems to be right on target, as is the screenplay--which is clever and quirky while managing to come together is a manner befitting the very dark subject matter at the movie's core. McGuigan, Smilovic and the cast honor this darkness, while providing one hell of a good time in the process.

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