The 51st State (a.k.a. Formula 51) is an underrated film directed by Ronnie Yu. The movie takes place in the U.S. and in Britain. A laid back chemist (Samuel L. Jackson) (who's employed by some shady underground figures) is "hired" to make the perfect drug. But before he can complete the deal, he bails out with the formula and heads off to Britain so he can sell it to a competitor. Whilst in England he runs a foul of all sorts of interesting characters and villains (Emily Mortimer, Robert Carlyle). Meanwhile his former employer (Meatloaf) doesn't like the idea that he was stiffed decides to get the secret formula back and make the chemist's life a living hell. Can the chemist seal the deal and become a rich man? Will his former employer get his hands on him? Is this movie worth watching? You'll have to find out for yourself when you watch The 51st State.
This movie bombed big time in the U.S. Not only did it take forever to be released here but it wasn't in the theaters that long. Ronnie Yu proves once again why he's a great director. If this movie was in the hands of a novice it wouldn't have been as good or enjoyable. David Wu is back as his editor but Peter Pau has moved on to another project.