Ain't It Cool News (
Movie News

Guy Ritchie returns to the crime caper and he's bringing 5 friends along for ROCKNROLLA!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. As a fan of Guy Ritchie's early films (LOCK STOCK and SNATCH), I'm happy to see him coming back to the genre. REVOLVER was a crazy mess. I totally understand why it never got any sort of release (even half-assed) here in the states. But his new one, ROCKNROLLA, has an interesting cast building so far. They've got Tom Wilkinson (I know I always say it, but he's one of the best character actors working today), Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton, Idris Elba and... Ludacris. Looks like Butler is the main character, the street-smart crook who can play all sides against each other. Wilkinson is the head of the old mob who has to worry about foreign mobsters taking over his territory. Elba is Butler's partner, Newton is his love interest, etc. Looks like the main thrust is about a Russian mob boss that orchestrates some sort of crooked land deal which throws millions of dollars up for grabs, causing all of England's crooks to fight for a piece of the pie. Pretty cool. I want to love a Guy Ritchie movie again. This one sounds like it has the best chance of giving me what I want. What about you?

Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • June 26, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST


    by duct tape wallet


  • June 26, 2007, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Cool, about time

    by TheNewAddiction

    Cool, about time

  • June 26, 2007, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by superman5150

    got on Torrent. That was all kinds of a mess. It was practically better than that Madonna movie he did.

  • June 26, 2007, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Thandie Newton

    by bootle2

    Thandie Newton is the worst actress ever. She made Vin Diesel look like Peter O'Toole

  • June 26, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Guy Ritchie has lost it.

    by silver screen surfer

    Zero chance this movie is good.

  • June 26, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    "SWEPT Away" rocked my man sack!

    by MIghtySABO

    and Revolver swallowed the rest...12th post....werd nerd!

  • June 26, 2007, 9:51 a.m. CST

    I'll watch it

    by BLWiseass

    I still want to see revolver. Never bothered with swept away

  • June 26, 2007, 9:51 a.m. CST


    by torontoxic

    It pains me to see a movie site staffer couldn't grasp Revolver. Yes it took some effort but you do this for a living.

  • June 26, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST


    by MIghtySABO

    really... twas' poetry..STATHAM with SKULLGRASS!....oscar nod beeitches!

  • June 26, 2007, 9:57 a.m. CST

    He's the Jason Vorhees of film directors!

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Guy Ritchie will not stay dead!<p>Holy fuck, Revolver was awful. Those of you who haven't seen it are almost lucky. I say almost, because it was almost worth it for the hilarious Ray Liotta in his pants "FEAR ME!!" scene. Stick to your phony gangster shenanigans, Mr Ritchie, because you, sir, are no David Lynch.

  • June 26, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST


    by Farley Flavors

    Is it just me or does the whole crime-caper genre seem terminally 1990's?

  • June 26, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Guy Ritchie

    by JaggedSac

    He has more style in his left pinkie than most other directors put together. He made a big mistep with Swept Away but that was because of his penis making him make a movie with his bitch. His first two movies are fucking fantastic.

  • June 26, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Madoona is beoming a filmmaker

    by emeraldboy

    the let me repeat the warning Madonna is becoming a filmmaker. I liked Lock Stock and snitch. Revolver seemed like more of the same but a with a far too convoluted plot.

  • June 26, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    nobody liked Revolver

    by emeraldboy

    A word of warning. Ritchie is the guy Who made swept away. He has never recovered from being splattered by the rotten eggs that were pelted in his direction when he made that and revolver.

  • June 26, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Lock, Stock...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    Was just an absolute fun ride... Snatch, I had some issues with, but was still fun... I'd certainly pay to see another Richie effort in the same vein... Sometimes you just want fun not great...

  • June 26, 2007, 10:22 a.m. CST

    I want Snatch 2!

    by kilik777

    I agree we all need some more snatch.

  • June 26, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST


    by sideshowrob

    Im with SSS, Ritchie has lost it. He needs to figure out what Tarantino realized years ago. Move On. Dont keep remaking the same f*cking flick. REVOLVER is UNWATCHABLE. He's got talent. Just quit cribbing JUDAS PRIEST LP titles.

  • June 26, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST

    no the problem surrounding his first two films

    by emeraldboy

    were, that for a while people bought into the whole cockney thing. but once people discovered that he went to posh public public and that his dad owned an ad agency and that he went to a very good art school. Many felt that the cockney started to ring a little hollow. It was through his mom and dad that he Met Madonna, His mom who is a lady, is a good friend of Matthew Vaughn's dad(who is a member of the De vere family and who are related to the queen) and Guy Ritchie's mother was planning a big do for one of Matthew Vaughns fmaily and Guy went along, being a very good friend of Matthews. IT was a big party and all the well heeled were there. Madonna went incognito. Guy ritchie, went up to her not really knowing who she was and they got talking.

  • June 26, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    REVOLVER blew my mind

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    I was far, far more impressed by Revolver than I thought I would. I put off watching it for ages, until it finally arrived from Netflix. <p> For a start it is a beautifully shot movie, with some of the casino vistas being stunning. Cool lighting and a few visual tricks make it an original looking flick. <p> I can see why it failed to be got by the general viewing world because it tackles all sorts of big subjects like free will, fate, id, self, and all sorts of mans inner demons. Its a big, though provoking movie that looks great, but leaves you thinking at the end. Well worth a watch. <p> Oh and it has the best movie assassin since Leon in it, hands down. He's called Sorter and played to perfection by Mark Strong. He's worth the price of admission alone. <p> You will be wondering who Mr Gold is for long after

  • June 26, 2007, 10:44 a.m. CST

    waitaminute, emeraldboy...

    by Burgundy82

    You're telling me Guy Ritchie just approached her because he was attracted to her? Physically? I'm not buying it. Maybe it was her well-practiced British accent that reeled him in...

  • June 26, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Does anyone care if Ritchie's a legitimate middle-class

    by CreasyBear

    "bloke", or whatever? Just because his real accent may be more crisp David Niven than drawling Spinal Tap (yes, I know they're actually Americans, but you know what they sound like), what does that matter? You need East End street cred to make a comedy about low life gangsters? And personally, I loved Snatch. Quirky, snappy dialogue in a big ensemble piece full of bizarre characters is always welcome.

  • June 26, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Retarded Post

    by JaggedSac

    Just because he didn't grow up in a rough environment doesn't mean he can't tell a story about one. Hell, I don't remember Ridley Scott going into space.

  • June 26, 2007, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Is it possible...

    by Boba Fat

    to get a restraining order against Guy Ritchie films so they can't come with 200 yards of me or something?

  • June 26, 2007, 11:20 a.m. CST

    as long as Boris The Blade is the mob boss ;)

    by Datascream

    then this will be a true return to form.

  • June 26, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Emerald boy?

    by Boba Fat

    Guy Richie went to posh public public, why hasn't this been reported anywhere else?

  • June 26, 2007, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Rocknrolla? Ugh. Crappy title....

    by robotdevil

    sounds alright otherwise though.

  • June 26, 2007, 11:44 a.m. CST

    So Guy Ritchie is going to repeat himself again?

    by ludmir88

    ummm ..well Dennis Farina was so fucking funny in Snatch, Lock, Stock ... was great but both movies were almost sharing the same plot. Maybe Rocknrolla will be another recycled idea.

  • June 26, 2007, 11:51 a.m. CST

    "Appreciated, but all - bets - are - off. If all bets

    by CreasyBear

    are off, then there can't be any money, can there?" "I ain't fuckin' buyin' it!" "Well, that's handy, 'cause I ain't fuckin' sellin' it. It's a fact." Okay, so the guy is a one-trick pony. At least it's a fun trick.

  • June 26, 2007, 11:52 a.m. CST

    she's a lady....whoa oa oa....she's a lady!!!

    by the_man_from_Rio

    didn't know all this about ritchie's life...but that's what you get for talking to movie buffs like us...information, man...sometime totally and utterly useless info, like ritchie comes from a wealthy family, and his mom is a lady, whoa oa oa...anywho, the movie sounds cool, albeit not too original, but with a cast like that, it could turn out aight...haven't seen revolver, gonna download it...that one didnt get a release down here either...heave ho, hos.

  • June 26, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    At least other directors tend to remake other's films.

    by C Legion

    This cunt has already remade Lock Stock once with Snatch, now that his career has gone down the shitter he looks like he's going to do it again. Lame.

  • June 26, 2007, 12:28 p.m. CST

    if madonna can stay out of this one,

    by tonamania

    it should be okay. Agree with crayotic. Thandie is absolute eye candy, but watching her "act" is painful.

  • June 26, 2007, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Guy Ritchie + Ludacris + Thandie Newton =

    by CherryValance

    my worst nightmare. Okay maybe not the worst, but it's pretty damn bad. I don't think I'll ever be watching that combo.</p> Sorry, Tom. Sorry, tone-deaf Phantom.

  • June 26, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Stringer Bell returns!

    by Triceratops on Fire

    Good to see Idris Elba make some more appearances. He could carry this film if Ritchie wanted him to. Any fans of The Wire know what I'm talking about.

  • June 26, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Revolver was cool

    by hktelemacher

    Maybe a little too big for Ritchie's britches, but a good movie and entertaining as hell. I love that he's yet again going back to the well to try and defibrillate his career. He'll never be all the way back on track, no matter how many times he tries to skew the Lock Stock formula. It's too bad, because I think Revolver's biggest flaw was that you could feel Richie trying to bring gravitas (like that?) to his old stomping ground. Like he was trying to legitimize it with ideas. And while I liked the movie a great deal, it did come off as pretentious.

  • June 26, 2007, 1:09 p.m. CST

    what has happened?

    by thekylegassproject

    there was a time in my life when i woulda been excited to hear of a new guy ritchie flick. you know, it might be the humor...just the same dialogue served in a variety of ways...*sigh*...fuck

  • June 26, 2007, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Ritchie is more talented than Tarantino!

    by DerLanghaarige

    Unfortunately "Swept Away" sucked harder than "Kill Bill 2", "Death Proof" and every film with "Quentin Tarantino presents" on the poster together!

  • June 26, 2007, 1:54 p.m. CST

    About fucking time he went back to doing what

    by bongo123

    he does best, and that is funny as fuck, brilliantly shot, fantastic casting london gansta crime movies. Lock Stock & Snatch are without a doupt 2 of the best crime movies out there and i cant wait to see what he does with this one if only to erase the memory of swept away... revolver was ok, he aimed to high and missed a bit

  • June 26, 2007, 2:02 p.m. CST

    hey Immrmonkey that dialog above was ...

    by ludmir88


  • June 26, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Jump the fuckin shark


    Oh man, here we go again. Groundhog day, all over again. Yes. The man can shoot. But this is the problem. All surface. The real talent at Ska was Vaughn. Look at the difference between Layer Cake and any of the Ritchie efforts. Sure, same milieu but LC had decent acting and serious style. The guy can't work with actors so Ritchie goes for the equivalent of happy meal casting. Get some "cool" people in, shoot the living shit out of it and ride the wave home. Again. And again. Look at Vaughn's choices. Sure, he got kicked or Shiffered off X men 3 but can you see the mockney delivering anything like Layer cake or Stardust? No, cos nobody trusts Ritchie. Shrinking budgets vs rising budgets. But what do you expect - this was the man who a week after 9/11 was decided he wanted to make a film about the crusades and muslim killing. He's a project killer whereas Vaughn saved Lock Stock in the edit. Don't believe me? Ask around what the first cut was like. Unworkable. And then we had to endure the whole sub Ritchie spin offs which were about as much fun as he is interesting. Spoilt little rich kid in a world without consequences. And a bully to boot. Christ knows what Butler's doing in it - but then he did make things like "Shooters" before so it's probably his genre. Enough waffle. I'm with Boba - get a restraining order - I can't be exposed to more "mockney" wit. My fucking sides will burst.

  • June 26, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST



    And anyone who thinks he can write, take the character names out of his scripts and see if you can tell them apart...

  • June 26, 2007, 2:22 p.m. CST



    And anyone who thinks he can write, take the character names out of his scripts and see if you can tell them apart...

  • June 26, 2007, 2:22 p.m. CST



    And anyone who thinks he can write, take the character names out of his scripts and see if you can tell them apart...

  • June 26, 2007, 2:26 p.m. CST



    And anyone who thinks he can write, take the character names out of his scripts and see if you can tell them apart...

  • June 26, 2007, 3:13 p.m. CST

    I just saw "Snatch" again last week...

    by SouthSide_2010

    And I got confidence that Guy Ritchie STILL has it. I would love to see "Revolver" so I can make my own judgements to see if it was absolute shit or not...

  • June 26, 2007, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Ritchie is also

    by emeraldboy

    dyslexic. When I was kid, I Knew a huge a mount of Useless trivia, I was fascinated by the world of Entertainment. In fact there was game, A card game, with questions on it. I remember my mother asking me these questions over and over, astounded at How I knew so much about film and tv. As an adult I talked less and less about entertainment. My mother was dyin 2003, This was when the iraq war started. I had barely opened my mouth when my mouth, when my mother verbally attacked my for talking about entertainment. She admonished me once before, two days after a cousin evidently bored by soemthing I had said. My mother chided me saying "even your cousin is bored of you talking about entertainment stuff". Not one fucking word and left my lips.

  • June 26, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Thandie Newton=Brick Top's pig food

    by Stuntcock Mike

    It hurts to watch her.

  • June 26, 2007, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Chris Jericho = Ayatollah of Rocknrolla

    by Lando Griffin

    His friend Chris Benoit on the other hand is a bonafide family murdering bitch

  • June 26, 2007, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Because he makes a movie

    by JaggedSac

    Because he makes a movie involving some cockney people in turns means he considers himself a cockney. I guess that means Terry Gilliam is just a full sized man wanting to be a time traveling dwarf. I forgot about the stigma of rich people not being good directors. Fucking cunts on this board. Two excellent movies, one awful, one I haven't seen(and most likely not great) and somehow this guy is the devil himself. The guy obviously enjoys making slick, humorous, crime stories so why would he not do what he enjoys. To appease you fucks? So what if he made a couple missteps on the way, I forgot that no on this board is fallable.

  • June 26, 2007, 6:02 p.m. CST

    He'll be ok.............

    by knifeandfork

    If rock and rolla bombs, ritchie doesnt have anything to worry about- im sure his mummy and daddy will slip him a couple million to help him back on his feet to make more formulaic shit. You know this to be true.

  • June 26, 2007, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Richie needs to move on

    by barnaby jones

    If he's not the hack people think he is, he needs to leave the gangsters behind and try try something new (which is actually good) !!

  • June 26, 2007, 6:21 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    But he's English, so it's actually not as bad as it might sound. Oh yeah: Madonna looks like a tranny granny!

  • June 26, 2007, 9:18 p.m. CST

    revolver rocked

    by haitu

    the movie tackled a shitload of themes and conflicts that everybody goes through. its a brilliant film actually. i don't understand how AICN works sometimes.... and yes, it does have one of the coolest assassins in movie history: sorter.

  • June 26, 2007, 10:26 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    Ain't that the Kinks?

  • June 26, 2007, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Fuckin 'ell, John

    by Doc_Strange

    I liked Lock, Stock, and 2 Smoking Barrels. I thought Snatch was just OK, though. I think the similarities were a bit too much plus he has Jason Statham cast in both as well as Vinnie Jones. I liked the main dude in Lock, though. But yeah, I think he needs to change it up a bit and quit trying to make those 'cool' crime movies that were in way back in 1994.

  • June 27, 2007, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Snatch > Lock, Stock

    by cornholiosbungholio

    I thought Snatch was much better than Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels. Maybe cos I saw Snatch first. Haven't managed to find Revolver anywhere. Not interested in Swept Away. It has a permanent place in Mad Comics. I remember an article about 50 things we have about Hollywood and they talk about extended versions and deleted scenes that studios cram into DVDs for more revenue. The pic was a 4 disc edition of Swept Away.

  • June 27, 2007, 2:11 a.m. CST

    A little bit more about Revolver

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I think the biggest problem for me was that I was embarrassed for Guy Ritchie when I watched it. I kind of admired him for trying to add a twist to his usual "stroike a loight, gav'nah!" cockerney crime shenanigans, but it didn't work at all. It seemed to me he had recently watched Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive and thought to himself "Gor blimey, I'll 'ave some a that!" but he didn't have anything like the skill or intelligence he needed to pull it off. Consequently, it's a real mess that only makes any sense to people who like to turn things over in their heads until it makes some sort of sense to them.<p>I liked Lock Stock and Snatch, though, so it's a shame he's lost his way.

  • June 27, 2007, 3:22 a.m. CST


    by Maniaq

    Seems we got two schools of thought here - one lot reckon he needs to "move on" and do some'ink diff'rent and the other lot reckon he should go back to the tried n true formula of his first two efforts... <br> <br> Personally I tend towards the former point of view and I think so does Guy. I think he understands full well that the biggest reason for the success of his debut effort was that it was quite different to every other movie that had come before it and it took so many people by surprise... <br> <br> That kind of success has NEVER come twice to ANY director in ALL of history. No one - no Hitchcock, no Welles, no Kubrick, no Spielberg, Lucas, no Tarantino, no anybody. <br> <br> I think Revolver was a dip of the toe in the waters of "something else" for him and let's just pretend Swept Away never happened, shall we? It wasn't a complete deviation for him, but at least it was a "serious" film not set in England. Hopefully he will find the courage to get away from this genre completely and not look back because right now, from what we're hearing, it sounds like he's looking back - and that's going to cost him another failed attempt at making something anywhere near as good as his one and only true MASTERPIECE... <br> <br> Good luck, Guy!

  • June 27, 2007, 6:41 a.m. CST

    so what


    anybody else sick of sick crime capers! That is about as new as the ideas for the big summer rather see madonna make this movie,,,at least she knows how to reinvent....

  • June 27, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Revolver sucked monkey balls...

    by namasteandgoodluck

    ...simply put. It wasn't worth the illegal download; I figure it sucked simply because it has to be ridiculously hard to make a movie with your head stuffed up Madonna's ass. Besides, without Jason Stratham you know this flick is gonna tank.

  • June 27, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    ROCKNROLLA sounds like a local rock band full of dads

    by modlight

    He's gonna have to really work on this movie because Snatch is the only one of his films thats remotely good.

  • June 27, 2007, 12:43 p.m. CST



    Is the best name for a band of dads....

  • June 27, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Revolver wasn't a crazy mess

    by TheHorror

    It was a piece of uninspired shit. I'd call Donnie Darko a crazy mess (in a good way) a film that has a point but that I'm just not smart enough to get! Revolver was just trying to be "off-the-wall". It failed. The cartoon "CGI" cartoon bit was a total piss take of Tarantino's anime bit in Kill Bill. As I say uninspired. I am a fan of his other two flicks and Vaughn's Layer Cake so hopefully this will be them back on track!

  • June 27, 2007, 1:19 p.m. CST

    I remember when Thandi Newton recieved her

    by emeraldboy

    bafta for Crash. Her whole acceptance speech looked so staged. It was very hard to know wether or not she was genuine. Interviews she more than hints that something very nasty happened to her but she wont go into details about it but you can tell that she was raped.

  • June 27, 2007, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Revolver was...


    Visually interesting but way too convoluted and the main thing about the chess thing was poo but it had a few very classy scenes and characters especially the Hitman played by Mark Strong. It felt more colourful and vibrant than Lock Cock and Snutch hope Rock'N'Rolla at least makes sense.

  • June 27, 2007, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by Jellylover

    Thandie Newton looks like the Crypt Ceeper. Yuck. If Jason Stathams in it I'll go see it.

  • June 27, 2007, 4:50 p.m. CST

    I remember an old Roger Ebert quote that said...

    by Cotton McKnight

    "I enjoy seeing Thandie Newton naked". Me too.

  • June 27, 2007, 5:41 p.m. CST

    If you didn't understand Revolver

    by torontoxic

    that's fine. Watch it again. Watch it again after that if you're still lost. It's a great movie that unfortunately was too smart even for most critics and self appointed cinephiles.

  • June 27, 2007, 6:07 p.m. CST

    So Jelly does that mean youll see ITNOTK:ADSA

    by Darkcityuk

    Thats Uwe Bollocks latest film 'In The Name of The *cough* LOTR rip-off: A Dungeon Siege Adventure. Actually it would be an insult to LOTR to call it a rip off of that, its more like a rip off of Dungeons and Dragons.

  • June 28, 2007, 5:08 p.m. CST

    REVOLVER is a turd

    by palimpsest

    A good-looking turd, admittedly (some of the cinematography is phenomenal, and Ritchie can stage a good sequence when he has to) but still a turd. It's worth watching once for pure "what the fuck?" value, though.