Feeling lucky?

I watched an interesting movie on DVD tonight. Lucky Number Slevin. Has anyone else seen it? Here's the summary from IMDb: A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin (Josh Hartnett) into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley) and The Boss (Morgan Freeman). Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski (Stanley Tucci) as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat (Bruce Willis) and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.

As you can tell from the cast, there's a lot of great acting here. Yet. Somehow the entire thing came across as empty to me. Too much motivation, I guess. Not the acting, but in the prime moving element of the plot. I just can't see it playing out the way it did. As a result it seemed empty to me. I'll put the my reason in the first comment on here. I don't want to give away the plot element out in the open here. So don't look if you're likely to see the movie. The movie also has a lot of good dialog and some pretty interesting angst. But remember--empty.

Give the picture below a look. It pertains to yesterday's post about my camera and its 12X zoom. I was about 100 yards away from this duck when I took the picture of the peculiar looking redhead. I love that zoom! Of course, as usual, clicking on the photo will make it bigger. Kinda like magic!


utenzi said…
I say the movie seems empty to me because the motivation to do the murders is too strong. There's apparently been about a 20 year delay in wrecking revenge. Why so long? It just seems to me if there's such a passion behind this series of events, then it would have happened sooner. And given all the dead bodies, with no money involved, there's a lot of passion.

Bodies. There must be something like 20. First the bookies. Then the kid. Then Nick. And then things really started rolling.

Lots of style here, and great acting and direction--but the premise is very shaky. For a revenge pic, I'd take Mel Gibson's movie, Payback, over this one. The plot's neurotic but logical.
MissMeliss said…
I'm going through a phase where unless the violence or death in a film or show is storybook/fantasy violence/death, I don't want to see it. (This is not always a case).

I like the duck picture. Ducks are cool.
kenju said…
I love the shimmer lines on the water.
Bingoguy said…
Actually I enjoyed this movie more than I did "Payback". I am not sure but I thought payback seemed more far fetched to me than someone who thought out a long winded way to ensure he exacted the perfect revenge. I guess it all depends on how we relate to the truely brilliantly deranged.
SassyAssy said…
I have not seen any movies lately that really hold my attention. I tried to watch a few tonight and my mind wandered...not a good endorsement.
mariamusic said…
I haven't watched any movies lately.

Nice duck photo.
Beautiful picture in every way, My Dear....The Duck, The Water...Just Perfect!

Haven't seen this film and didn't read your "spoiler" so, maybe I will rent it...!
srp said…
I actually went to a movie last week... Amazing Grace. Wonderful movie...

Other than that it is mostly Pixar animation or Harry Potter. I am truly boring when it comes to movies.

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