'Lucky Number Slevin'
(Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, et al / DVD / R / 2006 / Genius Products, Inc.)
Overview: A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin (Josh Hartnett) into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley) and The Boss (Morgan Freeman). Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski (Stanley Tucci) as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat (Bruce Willis) and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.
DVD Verdict: I wasn't exactly sure about the whole idea and concept behind this movie as I sat down to watch it tonight - since all it took was a fifteen second glimpse of a TV trailer and the ambiguous claim about a case of mistaken identity that uncoiled my interest into full blown curiosity. I was floored and blown away by the movie and at the same time really proud of trusting my gut feeling about good flicks. I was thrown off many times by the black humor since I knew it wasn't a comedy as Slevin (Josh Hartnett) had what seemed like a really unlucky chain of events that have spiraled him into a big, hot mess. As he arrives in New York to meet up with an old school friend after being fired from work, cheated on by his girlfriend back home and mugged down the block, all he finds is an empty apartment and no sign of Nick, his old friend. He proceeds to shower and dress as unexpectedly the next door neighbor, Lucy Liu, drops by to borrow some sugar. They become quick friends with matching quirky personalities and from that point on things go from laughingly bad to worse. Slevin is mistaken for Nick, who apparently owes money to two rivaling mafia type bosses who hate each other and he gets pulled into their personal war. This movie was so full of twists and turns that I forgot to eat my snacks! I recommend not reading too much about it and skipping long trailers because this beauty can be given away on a silver platter! I was really impressed by the actors in this movie and I think Josh who looks like a teen-movie type of an actor did a brilliant job! Bruce Willis is also quickly becoming one of my favorite actors, here as a slick top class assasin, I was impressed greatly! This movie is an odd-ball, eccentric, quirky, unconventional and refreshing cinematographic achievement. The line between good and bad guy was blurred consitantly and the story dug deeper and deeper into my curious brain. I'm really glad I got to review this breath of fresh air within the business. It kept everyone entertained that sat and watched it with me and made them gasp at the right time - and the hip music at the end really wrapped the whole thing together nicely. This is a Widescreen Version Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Commentary by actors Josh Hartnett and Lucy Liu and writer Jason Smilovic
Commentary by director Paul McGuigan
"Making Lucky Number Slevin" featurette
Deleted scenes and alternate ending
From IMDb: Quotes & Trivia