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September 7, 2010

Revolver (2005)
Director: Guy Ritchie
Actors: Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Andre Benjamin

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Synopsis: Gambler, Jake Green (Jason Statham), enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences.

Review: What an ugly, charmless film this is. Perhaps Guy Ritchie thinks he is maturing into a new phase of his directorial career by experimenting ever more dramatically with narrative sleights-of-hand and complicated metaphysical conceits, but what this film really encapsulates is all that’s misguided in the Guy Ritchie signature: namely the sycophantic apeing of the work of far superior cult American directors like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, and even The Usual Suspect’s Bryan Singer.

Ritchie’s obsessive insistence on Jason Statham as a leading man worthy of our interest is part of the problem. He is one of the most uncharismatic and one-dimensional actors going, and sitting through nearly two hours of his flat incantation of Ritchie’s nauseatingly fatalistic dialogue is a severe test. Equally grating is Ritchie’s complete inability to manage the cacophony of ideas and cinematographic techniques he throws at the diegesis. Nearly every scene portrays a monotonous and clumsy grasp of narration by being either a mini-flashback or a ‘story within a story’. My only remaining curiosity is quite how Ritchie ever got the green light to release the film in the first place. (January 2007)

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