you have to play a better opponent"
Leaving prison, Jake Green (Statham) has spent seven years
in solitary confinement, preparing himself for he is going to do on the
outside. Making more money than he could ever spend, he has become a burden
for every single casino owner. None more so than Mr. Macha (Liotta), the
reason why Mr Green ended up in prison in the first place. As he comes after
Macha, he comes to the attention of Avi (Benjamin) and Zach (Pastore) who
make him an offer he can't refuse.
After making a real impact in the world of cinema with 'Lock
Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' and 'Snatch', he lost his way with 'Swept
Away' but can a return to the crime genre reinvigorate his career?
Unfortunately with 'Revolver', Ritchie could be lost forever.
This movie is filled with his trademark visual flare and his skill with
character development but it is the story that is the major stalling point
of the movie. With three years to get over the commercial bomb that was
'Swept Away', Ritchie's decided to return to the world that made his name,
the criminal underworld. Those of you expecting fun loving criminals, doggy
dealings and twists and turns a plenty will be severely disappointed because
the film is a complete mess.
While he was away, he must have been watching Tarantino, David
Fincher and his good friend Mathew Vaughn's 'Layer Cake' as this is an amalgamation
of all their styles but no coherence. The movie is filled with references
to films of his directors but what he has made doesn't come close to anything
that his influences have produced. There is an unneeded animated sequence
(Kill Bill), a main character that narrates the story (Layer Cake) and grandiose
camera shots and beautifully shot locations (Everything David Fincher has
ever done) that try and come together to make a movie but what we end up
with is something that just lacks any originality. This goes completely
against what he had established in 'Lock, Stock…' and 'Snatch', turning
him from the head of the new wave of British filmmakers, to the scraping
at the bottom of the barrel.
The main problem with the movie is that it just doesn't make
sense. The director himself says that you have to be intelligent to understand
it but you would have to be a top member of Mensa even to have an inkling
of want is going on. As soon as the final third of the movie kicks in, the
film looses all sense of narrative and reasoning, as confusion consumes
the remainder of the story. The movie supposed to be about playing a con
and sizing up you enemy but when no clear enemy emerges in the final reveal,
the audience it left deflated and dismayed by what they have witnessed.
There are no real answers here, making the film a complete waste of time.
The only things that make the film watchable are the good
performances from the cast and how visually stunning the film is. Jason
Statham is as good as ever, showing again that he is a diverse actor who
is just as strong with dialogue as he is with action. Ray Liotta, who for
some reason has far too much mascara on, brings his strong presence to the
film. There are also good performances from versatile André Benjamin and
the gangster stalwart Vincent Pastore. The visuals of the film also impress,
with the whole movie beautifully shot throughout but there are far too many
nods to other directors from the same vain.
'Revolver' is a complete mess. With a complete lack of any
structure and totally confusion taking over during the final third of the
film, the movie just manages to anger the audience as no real conclusion
is offered. Guy Ritchie really needs to reassess his career if he is going
to regain the label as the one of the leading lights of the British film
industry because this film turns that light completely off.
(For the performances and visuals only)
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1 and
dts soundtracks, the movie is presented extremely well.
Commentary with Guy Ritchie
In the form of an interview, writer/director Guy Ritchie is asked question
about key scenes of the movie. Those of you hoping that this would explain
what is going on, might be slightly more enlightened as to what the film
is about. This is an interesting take on the conventional commentary track
and offer the chance to hear more explanations and reasoning's behind
the films strange plot.
The Concept: Interview with Guy Ritchie and James Herbert (16.16 mins)
The director and the editor try and explain what the film is actually
about. They try and reveal the layers to the concept, discussing how cryptic
the film is and how the editing set the tone of the movie. The pair then
talks about the editing style of the piece, revealing this experimentation
used to create the hyper-look of the movie.
The Game: The Making of Revolver (24.31 mins)
Director Guy Ritchie and stars Jason Statham, André Benjamin and Vincent
Pastore, take you behind the scenes of 'Revolver'. The group talk about
the lead character Jake Green, mob boss Dorothy Macha, Avi and Zach and
Sam Gold. They also talk about the some of the ideas behind the film such
as the perceived enemy not being the real enemy, the four rules, chess
and the con of all cons.
Deleted Scenes (24.12 mins)
Entitled 'Alternative opening scene', 'Extended Chess Game/Rules', 'White
knickers scene', 'Extended roof top golf scene', 'Alternative Lord John
Assassination Scene' and 'Alternative ending', these deleted or alternative
scenes are accompanied by introductions or commentaries by writer director
Outtakes (4.00 mins)
Watch Ray Liotta, Jason Statham and André Benjamin make a hash of their
lines and prove that they are not very good at golf.
Stills Gallery (11.19 mins)
View a montage of production, promotional and behind the scenes photographs
Music Trailer (3.43 mins)
View and listen to a music-orientated trailer used to promote the movie.
The DVD presentation of the movie is as stylised as the film itself.
The commentary is very good and the accompanying featurettes only add
to the value. Fans of the film will be very pleased but those confused
by it will still be none the wiser.
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