REVIEW: Rocknrolla

Category: RocknRolla Reviews | Posted by: admin
Article Date: September 4, 2008 | Publication: Biggleswade Chronicle | Author: Matt Adcock
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We check out the latest offering from Guy Ritchie

After the slight misstep of Revolver and the chronic failure of Swept Away starring his famous missus, Guy Ritchie blasts back to the big time with this overload of sex, thugs and rock 'n roll.

RocknRolla is a tall tale of high crime set in modern day London, populated with a sparkling assortment of low lifes. Gerard '300' Butler stars as One Two, a likeable but shady fella who wants to tap into the London property market.

He gets caught up in a dangerously tangled web of corrupt politicians (an excellent Jimi Mistry), Russian billionaires (Karel 'Hellboy' Roden) and old school London crime bosses (Tom Wilkinson).

It seems that there's some easy money for One Two and his mates to liberate from the Russian, thanks to the tip off from the double-crossing gorgeous financier Stella, played by Thandie Newton.

But taking seven million euros is likely to attract serious attention from a host of wrong 'uns and the stakes escalate to the point where nobody is safe.

The wild card in the mix is the RocknRolla of the title named Johnny Quid (Toby 'Wilderness' Kebbell), presumed dead, but very much alive Johnny takes a fancy to his mob boss father's painting, looking to support his drug habit. Only it's not his dad's painting, it's on loan from the Russian billionaire, who is keen to get it back.

Everything zips along at lightning pace and with a supremely stylish visual look that is achingly hip.

The dangerous London underworld has probably never looked so good and anyone who enjoyed the dodgy dealings of Snatch or Layer Cake is in for an absolute treat.

RocknRolla is potentially the coolest film of the year, the cast is excellent, the script sparkles with humour and is packed with twists and memorable scenes.

This is a culture clash of seismic proportions exploring what happens when the hungry new criminal element from the East come face to face with the entrenched London mob.