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.