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Bruce Willis is not only known for long-ago action cult à la “Die Hard” or “Last Boy Scout”, but also delivered a lot of highlights after the turn of the millennium. “Lucky Number Slevin” on the other hand always felt like one of his “newer” films to me – at least until I finally remembered: I even rented the film from the video store back then. You know, the kind that you had to step out the door for.
So the film is already a few years old, it’s from 2006. And yet I will probably never forget the aha experience that it once gave me. Despite the megastar cast, I didn’t really know what to expect in “Lucky # Slevin”. And that was a good thing! So, before I say even one more word about the film, I recommend everyone who is interested to watch it as “blindly” as possible. Tonight the film will be available from 10:50 p.m. on RTL Nitro.
›› “Lucky # Slevin” on Amazon Prime Video*
For everyone else, I want to outline as briefly as possible and, of course, completely spoiler-free, why “Lucky Number Slevin” is worthwhile.
Josh Hartnett, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Tucci, Lucy Liu, Ben Kingsley, Corey Stoll and Bruce Willis – actually, a quick look at the cast is enough to at least get curious. And yes, the playful mood of this impressive star ensemble also contributes significantly to the high entertainment value of “Lucky Number Slevin”. To see such top-class actors* united in front of the camera, who also visibly enjoy their quirky roles, simply sparks a very special energy. And that translates directly to the audience.
In addition, you just root for poor Slevin (Hartnett) when he experiences the worst day of his life: First he is stolen, only to fall victim to a mix-up and in the middle of a feud between the two most notorious the city’s crime bosses – the “Boss” and the “Rabbi” (Freeman and Kingsley). And what does the professional killer Goodkat (Willis) have to do with all this?
Director Paul McGuigan (“Sherlock,” “Carnival Row”) sprinkles just enough breadcrumbs in his twisty thriller to keep his audience engaged while keeping them guessing — and ending up with a resolution that will… At least should have expected…
Since with every further word I would run the risk of anticipating too much, I just want to say one more thing at this point: If you are looking for suspense cinema rich in twists or entertaining ensemble films, funny gangster entertainment à la Guy Ritchie (“Snatch”, ” The Gentlemen”), you’re going to have as much fun with Lucky Number Slevin as I did.
This is a re-release of an article previously published on DashFUN. *The link to the Amazon offer is a so-called affiliate link. If you make a purchase through this link, we will receive a commission.