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Capone locks and loads Guy Ritchie's REVOLVER!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. I'm sure many will disagree with me, but Guy Ritchie's first two features are magnificent. LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS and SNATCH may not have reinvented the British crime drama, but they gave the genre a much-needed kick in the bollocks. We'll not mention SWEPT AWAY, but his latest entry sees Ritchie back in familiar territory: sharp suits, flash cars, threats of violence and Jason Statham. And for at least the first half of REVOLVER (kept from prying American eyes for more than two years, and now unceremoniously dumped into theaters just before the year ends), you'll find it very easy to settle back and take in the stunning camera work and sharp script that Ritchie has fashioned. A groovy cast with such people as Andre Benjamin, Vincent Pastore and honey-entrepreneur Ray Liotta in full crazy-man mode all slash through this story of Jake Green (Statham), who has just been released from prison after seven years. The underworld is abuzz at the news, especially when Jake begins winning all kinds of money gambling. Turns out he learned a fool-proof formula for winning from two prisoners he met (but never saw) in solitary confinement. Jake's personal mission is to take revenge on Liotta's Macha character by getting all his money. After humiliating Macha at the tables, Jake becomes a target, but Macha has his own problems when he loses drugs belonging to his silent and unseen business partner, Sam Gold. This all probably sounds kind of confusing, and the truth is, REVOLVER's plot doesn't really matter. What does matter and what will determine whether you decide to trust Ritchie ever again with your hard-earned dollars is the film's second half, which completely changes gears and goes from a somewhat-familiar crime drama to being a shot-out-a-canon psychological mindfuck. I'm still not sure what I think of Ritchie's approach to this material. In theory and, to a degree, in practice, it worked. Thankfully, Statham is a solid enough actor to pull this off; some might have botched what is required of his character. But Ritchie might be asking too much of us once the nuttiness begins. It is best that I don't say too much more about this section of the film. Go in unsuspecting and just let the chaos unfold. But some of you might feel like Ritchie has sucker punched your mother when the film is through, and depending on how you feel about your mother, you may not be happy with this turn of events. Whatever my final analysis of REVOLVER is (today, I'm liking it; tomorrow, I may not), I am genuinely excited Ritchie is back on track as a director, and I'm excited to see his next film, ROCKNROLLA, with Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Jeremy Piven, Mark Strong and Thandie Newton. But REVOLVER needs to be looked at as something of an ambitious, although not entirely successful, experiment. Capone capone@aintitcoolmail.com



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  • Dec. 7, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST

    I really hated this movie.

    by Gil Brooks

    The words "trying to hard" come to mind...

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Snatch is pretty good.

    by eggbeater

    thats all i have to say. i'll probably watch this too on dvd one day.

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 4:53 p.m. CST

    An Experiment???!!!???

    by Gunslinger1919

    Give me a fuckin' break. LOCK STOCK was good. SNATCH was just serving up leftovers. REVOLVER looks like a shit he took after devouring USUAL SUSPECTS and OCEANS 11 too many times....

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Is this the sequel to Volver?

    by tonagan

    (Obligatory joke.)

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST

    God dammit

    by Gil Brooks

    "trying TOO hard"

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 5 p.m. CST

    Rob Shneider

    by Alkeoholic77

    Is a DERP!

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 5 p.m. CST

    Right Fuckin' On...

    by spiderinside

    Loved "Lock, Stock..." and "Snatch." Never even wasted my time thinking about seeing "Swept Away," but I'm gonna have to at least check this one out. Ritchie's first two flicks have ridiculously high re-watchability (is that a word?).

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 5:06 p.m. CST

    straight to video!

    by DigitalBeachWar

    not a good idea

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST

    On the shelf for how many years now?

    by AlwaysThere

    I guessing it's somewhere between 3 and 4 years. Madonna has done wonders for his career.

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Woah woah woah

    by Z 008

    Theres a new Guy Richie movie? Sweet

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Gid rid of Yoko, you idiot!

    by Burgundy82

    Not you, Harry.

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Smokin' Aces

    by Burgundy82

    Everybody called that flick warmed-over Tarantino when, in actuality, it was Americanized Ritchie all the way. It had MUCH more in common with Snatch than Pulp Fiction. As for this one, it sounds like his second swinganamiss (after Swept Away). Think I'll wait for Rockadoodle or whatever the fuck his next one's called.

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 5:27 p.m. CST

    I just noticed...

    by Burgundy82

    that headline sounds like a gay double-entendre.. sucks for Capone

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    This was a colossally stupid movie.

    by Freakemovie

    Just bad. Trust me; I usually like way too much.

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 6:26 p.m. CST

    this movie is TERRIBLE

    by Madrizzle

    seriously. god awful. great cast, not that bad a story and then...wtf happens? it just goes to shit at the end.

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 6:37 p.m. CST

    To call this movie a great big steaming pile of shit...

    by TheAllSeeingEye

    Is an insult to great big steaming piles of shit. Fuck knows what Guy Ritchie was thinking about when he made this movie but it is devoid of ANY kind of story or, for that matter, something that remotely resembles a story. Total crap.

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 6:38 p.m. CST

    sure, Statham can handle this,

    by Lloyd Bonafide the Korean War Veteran

    but can he handle 'in the name of the king?'

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 6:58 p.m. CST

    A little math...

    by WhatsntheBox

    Subtract Matthew Vaughn as producer/collaborator, add Madonna as wife/collaborator, and divide by overdone 'flashy movie' clichés out there today. It all equals Guy Richie is FUCKED.

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 7:16 p.m. CST

    This movie is two years old

    by smackfu

    .

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Someone needs to give Richie a brilliant script...

    by Cameron1

    He's a great director, Revolver has some really cool sequences - look out for Mark Strong as the bald, glasses wearing hitman - whenever he's on screen cool stuff happens. But ultimnately the film fails big time with an awful rehashing of about 3 already cliched "twists". Also Statham argues with himself in a lift and it's just fucking embarassing for all concerned.

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 7:41 p.m. CST

    This movie looks pretty good

    by beetlegeuse

    ...for me to poop on!

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 8 p.m. CST

    Madonna is to directors

    by Gil Brooks

    as Winona Ryder is to musicians. Talent suckers.

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Lock, Stock and Another Smokin' Hit!

    by William Landis

    Terrifically cool, totally fresh and thoroughly entertaining! Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie set the screen on fire! Destined to become a new classic, Revolver is a perfect teen dream. It has everything that makes a movie totally cool: laughs, adventure, spirit, hot music, drama and of course BRITNEY! Britney rocks! She is like a comet. A talent of her magnitude only comes around once in a lifetime and you can't take your eyes off her when she is on screen in this totally cool and delightfully hip movie.

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 8:34 p.m. CST

    I'd gladly let Winona Ryder suck my talent.

    by Burgundy82

    I was just watching Edward Scissorhands yesterday and my God... Madonna on the other hand? Not worth it.

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Saw this movie

    by Series7

    and Can't remember it at all...

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 9:17 p.m. CST

    'in the name of the king?'

    by Dr Uwe Boll

    Burt Reynolds as a yee-olde age King... the mind just fuckin' boggles and now Boll's doing Far Cry. Jeezus, stop... please!

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Seriously

    by Series7

    Saw it a couple months ago, think I still have it on my computer some where. Its easy to find on the interwebs

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Richie sucks and has no talent to suck out

    by Kirbymanly

    Pheeeww. Got THAT out of my system

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Revolver

    by RedRock

    I am a fan of Ritchie's Snatch and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and thought I would enjoy Revolver. The characters were interesting but the story was bad... How many times does the viewer have to hear about playing chess? Statham's character was too weak for being the main character and was wasted in this film. Fans of Ritchie's other films will feel let down by the psychological turn the movie takes. It seems like it tries to be another Usual Suspects. I really felt let down by this film and hope that Ritchie's next film will be better.

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 10:43 p.m. CST

    I could have sworn I watched this in 2005..

    by TiPPiDa

    I could be wrong, but fuck me if it isn't REALLY familiar.

  • Dec. 7, 2007, 11:09 p.m. CST

    "Fear Me!"

    by Bernard Black

    Poor Ray Liotta. That scene seemed like one of those "trust the director" moments that went horribly wrong.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Can anybody please tell me..

    by DirkD13"

    ..what in the name of holy fuck was that anime sequence about?<p>If it wasn't for Sorter, I would have probably not made it through the whole film

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Straight to landfill would have been a smarter move

    by BenBraddock

    The movie is a trainwreck. Maybe repeate viewings would clarify things, but why risk your eyesight? Avoid.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Why so long?

    by Aswann

    I saw this movie in the UK a couple of years ago and it was a total mess with occassional moments of competence and even excitement. Why has it taken so long to hit the US? Is it true that this is a new, re-edited version?

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Back on TRACK??

    by DrManhattansUnit

    This film is a jumbled mess of Kabbalah-inspired jizz. Anyone looking for a return to form will be SORELY disappointed.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 5:51 a.m. CST

    This is a return to form

    by MrJJonz

    It's as shit as all his other stuff . . .so actually he never lost form

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Best thing about this

    by jasper Stillwell

    was on the original promotion run in the UK was watching Ritchie struggling in interviews to deal with the philosophical issues he claimed were in his own film. Shit. Plain and simple. This guy gives Vritflicks a bad name when Peter Chelsom goes unlauded.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 6:11 a.m. CST

    sorry

    by jasper Stillwell

    about the sentence construction there...I'm struggling a bit myself here it seems!

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Revolver is a masterpiece

    by random dude

    Waiting for a pun? Ain't gonna happen. That's the way it is, you fuckers.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Guy Ritchie is a mistake

    by CuervoJones

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  • Dec. 8, 2007, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Guy ritchie is one fantastic director with 2 classics

    by bongo123

    under his belt, lock and snatch were perfect examples of crime comedies, swept was a total fuckup and revolver just melted my head but boy can that lad direct coolness i just hope rockn is a return to greatness cause revolver had moments of greatness ruined by a total headfuck of a second half

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 7:10 a.m. CST

    I watched Revolver twice.....

    by wowsah156

    and i still dont get it. Revolver is what happens when you allow your mrs to talk you into putting mystical Kabbalah bollocks into a gangster movie making it a big mess. Guy keep your wifey away from your work or your career is doomed.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 7:14 a.m. CST

    As seen 2 years ago on BitTorrent

    by DerLanghaarige

    But it's a great film. Seriously.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Ritchie = Britain's Michael Bay

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Swept Away, Revolver. Painful films. For Swept Away alone he should be given a cell for crimes against cinema. If Madonna wasn't his missus there's no way this guy would still be making movies.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Thought this movie went straight to DVD in the US.

    by CreasyBear

    No wonder I couldn't find it last year when I first heard about it. Flaws and all, I loved Snatch and can watch it again and again. Yes, all the characters have generally the same rhythm of dialogue, but for me, there are as many fun, memorable lines in that movie as in Spinal Tap. And call me ADD-addled or whatever, but I loved the multiple storylines and the fun Ritchie had with the editing of the shots, sound effects and music. (Not that it matters at all, but I think Snatch also wins the dubious award for the number of f-bombs dropped in a single movie.)

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Re: Snatch and Smokin' Aces.

    by CreasyBear

    The difference between these two movies is a Grand Canyon, which helps to point out the things Ritchie did well in Snatch. For example, if the life-or-death stakes are supposed to be played for gags, keep the characters' deaths oblique instead of in the middle of the frame. In Snatch, you don't see Boris the Blade, Bullet-Tooth Tony, Frankie Four Fingers, or Brick Top's deaths. Every one is handled off-screen. Smokin' Aces loses its fun and momentum with long, weepy, drawn-out death scenes up close, like when Matthew Fox gets killed in the lobby. Tonally, Smokin' Aces was a disaster, jerking the audience from one supposed feeling to the next with no rhythm at all. Hated that shit movie.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    this came out in the UK a couple of years ago:

    by newc0253

    and it was universally despised.<p> Lock stock was okay if overrated but Snatch was a genuinely good film: Ritchie needs to pull his head out of his ass and get back to doing decent movies.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    This turbo-charged uberturd

    by Sepulchrave

    was hogtied, slashed across the throat, drained, dumped in a quarry and shovelled over with pigshit a year ago in Britain.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 11:18 a.m. CST

    ehhh?

    by awesomebri

    isnt this review a bit late? like two years too late.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Guy Ritchie has directed two classics?

    by metaluna

    erm... what would they be then? 'Classic films'? Are you sure? What colour is the sky on that planet you're on? It's sure isn't blue! And oh yeh, revolver is a mess. The clue is the fact that it took 2 years to release stateside. Always a dead giveaway.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Two years on this film is still GREAT

    by CeejayNightwing

    But unlike his other films it isn't for the general cinemagoer who can't use his brain and watch a film at the same time. It's a far more cerebral movie than GR's previous movies and the whole chess-structure and Kaballah facets seeded into the narrative will simply fly over the majority of the audiences heads as it did most reviewers two years ago. Definately his best work to date and has some sweetly edited sequences (Sorters shoot-out in the house and Jakes Elevator transition) that prove this guys has more than just a few ideas when he has a camera in his hand that's never going to be for the likes of the average joe-shmo. ..why is it everytime somebody doesn't understand a movie, they have to question the film instead of their general ability to understand it fully, or simply appreciate that there may be more to the film than they can acquire in one sitting regardless of how smart they think they are?

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Not been released in US till 2 years later for a reason...

    by lex romero

    it was shit. There's a "complex" film and then there's just a "confusing" film CeeJay. Richie may have started out with some intersting ideas but it just spirals into nonsense in the second half, get the feeling he just threw in every idea plus the kitchen sink. It's nothing to do with the "general cinemagoer" being stupid, it's just a bad film.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Why do people break Ritchie's Balls?

    by cowboyone

    I haven't seen Revolver yet, but as far I'm concerned he's 2 for 3. Swept Away sucked balls, but Lock Stock and Snatch were solid, no? There's no Smoking Aces w/out Ritchie ... so if Carnahan's biting your shit, you must be pretty good no?

  • I'm your neighbor to the north. To be fair, there is a pretty huge chunk of your population that do indeed seem pretty damned stupid. The entire evangelical population, the deep south, large parts of Texas. It doesn't mean YOU or people you know are dumb, but be realistic, there are some dumb, dumb motherfuckers in your country. And your country IS infamous for having these segments of the population. The funniest thing I've noticed from when I worked in a call center, is that every single person I ever talked to on the phone from Alabama, the Carolinas or Tennessee referred to themselves as 'a dummy' at least once in the conversation. And then laughed, like they were proud of it.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Ritchie has no balls to break

    by CuervoJones

    That MTV Tarantino wannabe must disappear.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 2:18 p.m. CST

    and isnt is interesting,,,

    by DrManhattansUnit

    how good Matthew Vaughn's work has been, and how bad Ritchie's, since they parted ways. I suspect something of a Spielberg/Hooper kind of deal went down with those early films.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Lock Stock and Snatch were both enjoyable...

    by rbatty024

    stylish films. They're hardly classics, but they're solid movies. I think most people have a backlash attitude towards Ritchie and his films. I hope Revolver is a return to form (the pseudo-theological crap has me worried). It's not like there's an abundance of great cinema out there and if there were more directors at least on the level of Ritchie, then the cineplex would be a much nicer place to visit.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 6:31 p.m. CST

    British comedy is the greatest.

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    Brits seem to blend just the right amount of subtlety and over-the-top. I've never laughed my ass off as much as with the original Office, the Ritchie crime-o-dies, Pegg and Frost, Monty Python, etc....it just works for me.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Actually liked the damn thing...

    by Freefinger

    up until the last 5 minutes... I mean the story is punchy and has lots of balls, but the punch is somewhat "blah"... <p>I'm not saying it's a fukking masterpiece, or that it sucked like Madonna in a 12 inch sausage convention, but it held up for most of the movie, kept you wanted to see what was about to happen next, maybe that's why the punch is somewhat blah... Because you expect too much from it.<p>Anyhow, maybe not for everyone, but it's at least a rental if you don't want to risk the night out.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 9:17 p.m. CST

    ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES I'VE EVER SEEN

    by torontoxic

    HANDS DOWN!! <P> The fact that some people are so frustrated by it that they scream about it being nonsense should be enough convincing. Anything that effective deserves to been seen and judged yourself.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 10:15 p.m. CST

    LOVE snatch

    by genre.comeback

    and no, not like that. I thought he perfected what he started out with in Lock Stock (which I also thought was fantastic). I don't care if he keeps retreading this ground, as long as I get more colourful characters and crazy integrated story lines paired with great music. Count me in. Is that what this is?

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 1 a.m. CST

    Go figure, Speed Freakassee

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    I had posts disappear before for NO FUCKING REASON other than that MAYBE they were so devastating, so cruel, such a brutal unleashing of critical vocabulary, such an unholy concentration of righteous fury, that no talkback dared hold them and live with itself.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 6:40 a.m. CST

    smackfu

    by BrainFart

    You of all people should know that every culture has its "less desirables", after all a canadian "hick" is something to be marveled at. Truth be told, when a population reaches a certain size, its idiots are a demographic. A demographic that is easily marketable. Studios would themselves be stupid not to exploit this, problem is they are REALLY exploiting it. It seems they are at the point where they are making extremely bad movies just to make their bad movies look better.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 8:44 a.m. CST

    This is ONE OF THE WORST FILMS EVER MADE

    by Steve Rogers

    Seriously, if you value your money, time, and brain cells do not go and watch this over-cooked, overwrought, pretentious farrago. Ritchie has seen The Usual Suspects, Kill Bill (Vol 1), and Goodfellas and stolen riffs and motids from these much better films, stirred them in with a bunch of kabbalah bullshit nonsense (Mr Green, Mr Gold - fuck off) and emerged with this terrible mess. The great Ray Liotta is reduced to standing around in his underpants, gut hanging, pointing a gun at an empty lift - CRYING - and repeating "fear me" over and over. It really is the worst kind of pretentious bollocks and rightly died a swift and ugly death here in the UK. Guy Ritchie is a joke, and so is this film. AVOID.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Apparently It's Been Changed Since The Original Cut

    by El Fuego

    Saw this in 2005 at Toronto Film Fest. It made very little sense, but it was cool to watch... apparently they've tried to make it a little more sensible. I'll give it another try... it was fun.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I thought that my AVI file of the Movie was Incomplete....

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    The movie had promise until it tried to get too smart and ended up being a pile of shizer.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    So its a good movie...in theory?

    by Bobo_Vision

    But not in practice.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 10:17 p.m. CST

    This movie sucked bad

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    If you look you can find a DVD rip that plays pristine and for free online. I'd advise it as this movie is not worth the rental cost. I watched it for free and it still pissed me off. Fuck this movie. That is all.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 11:59 p.m. CST

    pile of crap

    by LaoWai

    the dvd has been out here for ages but i can still remember how much i hated it. ritchie wants to be something he's not. he can not pull this shit off!

  • Dec. 10, 2007, 1:48 a.m. CST

    I haven't seen it...

    by The Dum Guy

    But, if it flashes to anime.... is it like Natural Born Killers or something that is supposed to be over-the-top?

  • Dec. 10, 2007, 2:13 a.m. CST

    US audiences: DON'T BOTHER!!

    by Maniaq

    there's a very good reason this pile of shit was not released for so long in the US - IT STINKS!! <br> <br> just can't figure out which bright spark decided now's a good time?? does Madonna have a new record coming out?

  • Dec. 10, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Guy Ritchie & Matthew Vaughn

    by boogaooga

    2 movies they made together: Lock Stock and Snatch. After they split Vaughn made Layer Cake and Stardust while Ritchie made Swept Away and this horrible piece of shit Revolver. Pretty clear which one of the 2 had the talent.

  • Dec. 10, 2007, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Saw this movie

    by Series7

    not too long ago, and I can't for the life of me remember what is was about at all? But i could tell you the Snatch plot down to a T and I haven't watched that movie in like 3 years? But I got pretty stoked when I saw a big lobby display for Reign of the King are what ever its called in the Theater this weekend!Statham! BOWL! Matthew Lillard! Of course this movie will make it to my theater! Seriously Statham, you need to calm down on your movie selections, your gonna Vinnie Jones yourself. Man I hope they have a double feature with the upcome Bowl! Zack Ward! Oscar fest.

  • Dec. 11, 2007, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Hate him for this and Swept Away, hate him for marrying Madonna

    by SCYTHEOFLUNA

    But if you can say that Snatch or Lock Stock sucked with a straight face, you can fuck right off, fuck your mother and have your fucking eyes sewn shut and your eardrums popped. You don't deserve to watch movies, because you have no taste. Those movies were hilarious, and if you're too thick to grasp that, well, I'm surprised you're literate. Sorry, but I'll say the same thing who knocks the Big Lebowski or Fear and Loathing. Some movies are just that funny, and I take that kind of funny very seriously. If you didn't enjoy Ritchie's other films, what the hell are you even doing here? Oh yeah, you're over opinionated D-bags with nothin' but free time on your hands. Pathetic.