Lucky Number Slevin

7.71 h 49 min2006X-RayR
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss.
Paul McGuigan
Bruce WillisJosh HartnettLucy Liu
English [CC]
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Morgan FreemanBen Kingsley
Chris Roberts
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 11, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Consequences and repercussions of a bad bet
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Lucky Number Slevin is about consequences and repercussions. In the 1970s a man named Max (Scott Gibson) made a bad bet and the story is about how that played out for his son. In the present time Slevin (Josh Hartnett) gets caught in the middle of things which involves two gangsters The Boss (Morgan Freeman) and The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley), plus Mr. Goodkat (Bruce Willis).

There’s some very sly writing involved because it’s not clear how the events in the past and present are connected exactly until halfway through the film. The first part is committed to laying out how Slevin is seemingly in a hopeless situation and then everything is revealed in the end. Hartnett does a good job playing the innocent and Kingsley shines as the better bad guy of the two especially when he describes how he can be a crook and a rabbi at the same time. It’s a nice story of revenge.
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Joe SmartReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Amusing, twisty and really well cast.
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Lucky Number Slevin is one of those movies where the plot drives the characters rather than the other way around--the story concerns a seemingly innocent but very unlucky young man named Slevin (a surprisingly good Josh Hartnett) who is mistaken for someone else by two vicious gangsters who both think he owes them a lot of money. The first is The Boss played by a clearly enjoying himself Morgan Freeman. The second is The Rabbi (they call him that because he's a rabbi) played more seriously by Ben Kingsley. They are former partners turned enemies that live in penthouse apartments across the street from each other which they never leave for fear of being killed.

Since the plot of Lucky Number Slevin is nearly the whole show I won't reveal anything else but this is extremely enjoyable if you like self-consciously clever crime films with snappy dialogue. Josh Hartnett and Lucy Lui turn out to be really good at delivering that dialogue--Lui's rapid-fire patter seems to be at least partly inspired by Rosalind Russell from His Girl Friday and the normally stern actress has never been looser or more likable than she is here.

The older vets--Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley and Stanley Tucci are all solid, although their characters are little more than chess pieces in the intricate plotting of Jason Smilovic's screenplay. Director Paul McGuigan previously made another twisty film starring Josh Hartnett called Wicker Park that didn't really work--director McGuigan later admitted he didn't know what was going on in the script and if the director doesn't where does that leave the audience? Lucky Number Slevin partly feels like McGuigan and Hartnett trying to redeem themselves after the the failure of Wicker Park--if that's the case then mission accomplished.

Amazon's HD streaming print looks great.
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CC38Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Predictable Twist
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The main twist of the movie is pretty obvious. The acting is decent, the script is alright, but the whole plot just seems a bit over-the-top and unlikely. Lucy Liu is cute, so the movie has that going for it at least. Overall, if you want to watch a gangster/crime drama, Lock Stock, &Two Smoking Barrels or Snatch would be a better use of your time.
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Hee Chul KwonReviewed in the United States on February 15, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
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This is Paul McGuigan's second movie that I've watched. The first was Wicker park<AKA While you wer falling in Love>.
Both films have exactly the same way of storytelling way. Moving from present and passed. Just like one of Christopher Nolan's movie <Following><Memento><The Pristage> or Bryan Singer's <Usual Suspect>.
When I saw Wicker Park, I was really surprised how he arranded the story and at the end everything fit to the complete ending. I had to order the dvd at once after watching the moive at the theater.
But this one, because I've watched his other work already, it was like dejavu, even cliche for me. The director wanted to show how clever he is.
Now there are two kinds of cliche.
One is to make audience friendly and make them comfortable. After all, they want to watch movies to see that is quite familier to them.
The other is a bad cliche which is a boring one. Like making the audiene feel like watching the same movie twice. Why paying money to watch same movie again?
This movie was later.
At the beginning, Josh Hartnett stays at his friend's apartment and his friend happens to owe money from both part-two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Now both sides are having a fight and they both wants Josh because they think he is the one (Actually he he not)
The BOSS first kidnapps him and tells him to kill someone instead of paying back his money.
Josh has no alternate way but to do so.
There is another killer who is played by Bruce Willis who is hired by both sides, The Rabbi and The Boss. Who is kind of mystery.

After the 3/5 of the movie, everything slowly begins to be revealed.
In the past Bruce Willis was hired from Rabbi and had to kill Josh's family. But instead of killing the kid Josh, he raised him.
Now that he grown up, he teams up with Josh.

Now all of a sudden Josh kidnaps The Rabbi and The Boss and kills them both. Revenge done.

The story seems pretty simple but the director/ writer mixed up all the story and slowly, I mean very slowly reveals them.
At the end they all fit together completly. Nothing is unsolved. and the audiences are leaving with happy face.
That's why this moive has such a high score at imdb.
Sadly the director never had a good score at the boxoffice nor made a lot of movies. The mostly made TV movies and worked for hand full of films only.
But I still remember his good film Wicker Park.
This movie is not a masterpiece like USUAL SUSPECT. But it is worth watching.
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Maria P. MasonReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wickedly fun! Great Crime/Mystery with superb writing, directing and casting. What's not to like?
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I love this movie and have watched it a number of times. Bruce Willis is so good in this it makes me wonder why he doesn't choose more films like this one! His explanation of what "the Kansis City Shuffle" means is worth watching the film. It has become a "saying" of sorts within some film lovers circles. The entire cast is wonderful. Lucy Lu is a stand out and the chemistry between her character and Hartnetts is perfect. If you liked the movie "Snatch" you'll probably like this movie too. This is not for kids. There is a good deal of violence, but nothing horribly graphic. (In my opinion) This film is listed as a crime / drama/mystery on IMDb and has a 7.8 rating. I would rate it much higher and add comedy in the description, but then again we all think different thinks are amusing. I would call it a very clever and Witty movie. Ben Kingsly and Morgan Freeman are fantastic as always. So well written and will keep you guessing right to the very end. This movie won the audience and best film (2006) awards at the Milano Film Festival.
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D. JansonReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
An unexpected delight - not your average shoot-em-up
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We came for the names on the marquee but stayed for the engrossing story. You will be pondering questions about why all this is happening, right from the first scene. And you might guess some of it along the way - and then be surprised. But clarity about several things comes at the end, with a couple of last minute surprises. Masterful acting is a delight to watch - don't be surprised if you smile once in a while at the remarkable subtleties in the characters that these actors carry off so effortlessly. I picked this one initially with low to moderate expectations, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This is not a cookie cutter guns and tough guys movie. Excellent casting, screenplay, acting, directing, camera work. A real treat.
7 people found this helpful
BAT-505Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Another movie with great actors and a poorly written script
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I will make this quick and to-the-point.. I gave this movie only two stars and that is one star higher than Seven Psychopaths which is truly an awful movie.. Morgan Freeman carried this whole movie Ben Kingsley ?,..not so much.. it starts out good but then goes flat.. and stays there until the ending .and the ending ,was not very good either..👎👎👎👎👎
Elton PintoReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
More Than a Popcorn Flick
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I remembered seeing trailers and commercials for this movie when it originally came on TV and really wanted to see it, but didn't and then totally forgot about it. When I got HBO this year and it came on, I decided casually to record it, not expecting much because I didn't remember much about what the movie was about. I was really pleasantly surprised, and liked it so much that I rented it a few weeks later to watch with my girlfriend in this widescreen edition, and she loved it as well.

I only give 5 stars to products that I love, and this is a movie that I love. I saw it twice in one month and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. At its heart, it's a mystery, which seems like a dwindling genre but this movie does it really well. The movie begins with Bruce Willis telling a flashback and then really begins with Josh Hartnett (Slevin) having bad luck (fired at work, girlfriend sleeping with another guy, getting robbed) and then being visited upon by mobsters working for Morgan Freeman claiming that he owes money because he's staying at a friend's place who's really the debtor. The story just unfolds from there as they try to figure out where his friend could be and how to pay back his debts to Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley.

Let's start with the cast: awesome. I couldn't think of anything bad to say about anyone. I LOVED Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley as opposing crime lords. You know that an actor is great when you've seen several of his movies before but when you're watching the movie at hand you forget about all those roles and can only think about how great they are in this one. I'm usually not a Lucy Liu fan, except for Kill Bill, but movies like this somehow really highlight her talents. She's the cute, hyperactive next door neighbor, and I believe her character throughout the movie. Josh Hartnett and Bruce Willis are also great in their roles, but for me to explain what those roles are would spoil too much of the story.

I think that the pacing is spot on, the writing is believable and witty, and the story really does keep you guessing until near the end, when you start putting together the dots. Unlike Veronica Mars episodes, you actually have a chance to figure out the mystery before the very end, but when you have this much fun watching it unfold, what's the point? I don't know how they do this, but the movie takes itself seriously and pokes fun at various elements of dark humor throughout the film, and it's part of what keeps the movie watchable in repeat viewings.

I have a 1080p LCD TV with an upscaling DVD player, and the video quality was excellent. Nothing to complain about there, or about the audio. The commentary track is actually pretty fun to listen to, and there are a couple of good deleted scenes to boot. I don't know why so many critics didn't like it, but it sounds like they were trying to be snooty because it felt like it was trying to be like Pulp Fiction at times if you put on your movie geek cap. Or maybe not every likes this brand of humor? It's not particularly unique, but that doesn't mean it's not good. Anyway, it's worth at least a rent if not a buy. I think you'll probably end up buying though so you can watch it again and again.
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