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RocknRolla Getting Shortchanged? (Blog)

Category: RockNRolla News
Article Date: August 14, 2008 | Publication: Reel Talk | Author: Michael Avila
Source: Reel Talk

Posted by: DaisyMay

According to an interesting story in the LA Times, not everyone may get a chance to see Guy Ritchie's new caper movie "RocknRolla" in theaters. Seems Warner Bros. has too many movies on its release schedule this fall, thanks to its having to absorb New Line's cinematic slate (Time Warner dissolved New Line earlier this year). WB apparently doesn't have the marketing manpower or $$ to properly pitch all these films, so its having to decide which movies to throw its support behind...and which ones to abandon.

"RocknRolla" may fall into the latter category. And having caught an early screening of this movie, I can say without hesitation that Warners would be making a mistake. "RnR" is a rollicking good time.

This is Ritchie moviemaking at its best. Like "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch", this is a very muscular, very funny, very British movie. And what a cast! Gerard Butler regains his swagger after two straight 'softies' in movies like "P.S. I Love You" and "Nim's Island." He's manned up here. His character 'One-Two' is a career criminal who gets caught up in a crooked London land deal that becomes incredibly complicated with a bunch of different characters involved in the mix. As the prickly veteran London mob chief, Tom Wilkinson is superbly vile. Thandie Newton, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges and Jeremy Piven also co-star. But watch out for two not-so well-known faces...Mark Strong as Archie and Toby Kebbell as Johnny nearly steal the movie. Oh, and the music and how its used is fantastic!

Yes, we Yanks may miss a few bits of dialogue here and there (especially when the Wild Bunch - thats the name of the lawbreaking crew One-Two belongs to - gather at their hangout), because the accents are pretty strong. So what? A good movie is a good movie, and this one's darn near great. It deserves a chance to find an audience.

I know Joel Silver, the film's producer and the guy behind massive hits like the Lethal Weapon and Matrix series, has been in a bit of a slump lately. Having the summer's biggest bomb in "Speed Racer" probably didn't help his bargaining position with Warner Bros. either. But I hope he convinces Warner Bros. to support this picture so as many people as possible get to enjoy it.

C'mon Warners, roll the dice on this one and watch it pay off. That's what a real RocknRolla would do.

"RocknRolla" opens in limited release Oct. 8, with a national rollout expected on Halloween.


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