Directed by Guy Ritchie
Written by Guy Ritchie
Starring: Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Karel Roden, Toby Kebbell, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Chris Bridges, Jeremy Piven
Release Year: 2008
IMDB rating: 7.5

People ask a question: ‘What’s a Rocknrolla?’ And I tell them it’s not about drums, drugs and hospital drips. Oh, no. There’s more there than that, my friend. We all like a bit of the good life. Some, the money. Some, the drugs. Others the sex game, the glamour or the fame. But a RocknRolla, oh, he’s different. Why? Because a real RocknRolla wants the fucking lot.

If you remember Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels & Snatch, then this RockNRolla wouldn’t be something new for you. Despite the similar blueprint, the movie is still enjoyable.

It’s about the Wild Bunch (One Two, Mumbles, and Bob) who caught up in a bad deal with Lenny Cole and ended up owing him a large sum of money. Meanwhile, Uri, a Russian businessman is setting up a deal with Lenny, but ended up having his money being robbed before the deal is settled. The people who rob Uri were the Wild Bunch after receiving information from Stella, Uri’s accountant.

To make matter more complicated, Uri ‘lent’ Lenny his ‘lucky’ painting, and the painting ended up being stolen by Johnny Quid, Lenny’s step-son who ‘faked’ his death because he thought that dead rock stars worth more than the live ones.

In the end, the entanglement between the people involved led to the final showdown between the Wild Bunch, Lenny and Archy (Lenny’s top henchman), the Russians, and Johnny Quid.

Just like Lock, Stock and Snatch, the flow was similar. But I felt that the tempo slowed down in the middle of the movie and only accelerated back near the end. The directing style of Guy Ritchie was evident, but mostly stacked up front, but became less evident along the way. Dialogues were pretty good, but not as good as Lock, Stock and Snatch. Whereas most of the Lock, Stock’s cast made re-appearances in Snatch, this time around Ritchie put on new crew like Gerald Butler, Thandie Newton, and Mark Strong. Acting was rather average for similarly themed movies, but I think I could single out Tom Wilkinson and Toby Kebbell as the one that managed to stand out against the rest of the cast. Gerard Butler was average, but I expected that his character would be more of a tough one. Instead, apparently the Wild Bunch is not the Tough Bunch.

All things considered, I grant the flick a 7.0. Good one and enjoyable, but not as good and enjoyable as Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Snatch.
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