Revolver Made in: Great Britain/France Language: English Director: Guy Ritchie Starring: Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, André Benjamin, Vincent Pastore, Terence Maynard Year: 2005
Synopsis: Jake Green (Jason Statham) is a claustrophobic, former small-time gangster who just did seven years in prison. While behind bars, he becomes an expert in chess and other stuff. Two years after getting out, he amasses a fortune by gambling. Then, he sets out on a revenge mission against his old nemesis, Macha (Ray Liotta), a crime boss/casino owner that a lot of people are afraid of.
But after inexplicably collapsing and falling down a flight of stairs, Green learns that he has as rare blood disorder and will die in three days.
Or maybe less, because Macha has put a hit out on him.
Jake then finds himself forced to ally himself with two mysterious loan sharks, Avi (André Benjamin) and Zach (Vincent Pastore) who appear to share Macha as a common enemy.
But there's a lot more brewing under the surface as the cons and secrets start unfolding...
The Good: For the first half, Revolver leads us to believe that it's going to be another signature Guy Ritchie action flick with smart lines, cool characters, and outrageous twists. In many ways, it delivers on that front. This is a really great-looking picture with a lot of character and creativity.
It's smart, and despite its entertaining, action-movie feel, Revolver is a story that you'll have to pay very close attention to. Jason Statham pretty much plays the same character that he has in, well, just about every movie he's been cast in. And this is also familiar territory for Goodfellas alum Ray Liotta.
There's plenty of thrills, great camera work, and neat editing tricks.
The Bad: As interesting as the philosophical/existentialist twist is at the end, it's all too jarring. After following the plot and cons, I was hoping for a concrete resolution.
I'm really torn between applauding Guy Ritchie for trying something different, and chiding him for not being able to think of a more tangible conclusion.
At least he didn't end it by saying it was all just a dream.
Who would like this movie: Although this is technically a foreign film, there's not much here that'll appear very foreign to American audiences. With the likes of familiar faces such as Ray Liotta and Vincent Pastore, this is an action flick that often moves at a Hollywood pace.
Revolver is for you if you're a Guy Ritchie fan, and if you like gangster/crime movies. I think the ending is based on an interesting, although deeply flawed, theory of human nature, and may be very disappointing if you were expecting something more along the lines of Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels or Snatch.