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Lucky # Slevin

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Paul McGuigan

Directed by Paul McGuigan, LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN is a mistaken identity thriller starring Josh Hartnett as a guy who ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time. With boldly colored sets covered in graphic wallpaper, the film has an almost comicbook-like … see full wiki

Tags: Movies, Dramas
Director: Paul McGuigan
Release Date: 2006
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Lucky # Slevin

Surprisingly Engrossing

  • Mar 9, 2008
Pros: See Review.

Cons: See Review.

The Bottom Line: In the world of maze infused thrillers, Lucky Number Slevin is one of the best I’ve seen in a good long pass.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

With a title like Lucky Number Slevin, one does not know quite what to expect when the credit start to roll. What promised to be yet another gritty blood streaked inner-city drama turned out to be so much more than the sum of its very violent parts.

The Story-Line

Directed by Paul McGuigan (Wicker Park) Lucky Number Slevin begins life as a violent slugfest as six, make that seven, men and one woman die in rapid succession. Then the movie begins to explain itself.

Mr. Goodkat (Bruce Willis – Moonlighting, The Last Boy Scout, Twelve Monkeys) is an assassin hired by The Boss (Morgan Freeman – Glory, Kiss The Girls, Batman Begins) to kill the son of The Rabbi (Sir Ben Kingsley – Gandhi, The House of Sand & Fog, Species). This is after The Boss’s son is gun down, an event he blames The Rabbi for. As it turns out both The Boss and The Rabbi as organized crime figures who used to be friends, but are now bitter enemies who live across the street from one another in NYC.

Slevin Lelevra (Josh Hartnett – Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, Sin City), is a young man who appears to attract trouble. He comes to town and crashes at a friend’s apartment where upon he meets and falls for Lindsey (Lucy Liu – Ally McBeal, Charlie’s Angel’s, Kill Bill Volume 1) the next door neighbor who drop by to barrow a cup of sugar, but also happens to be a coroner.

Slevin is picked up by The Boss’s men, because they think he owes them a gambling debt and agrees to do some work for The Boss in order to have the money forgiven. But Slevin is also picked up by The Rabbi’s men for the same reason and a deal is struck between the two as well.

My thoughts

More I dare not say (write) because it would give too much of this intricately woven movie’s plot away. Sufficed to say, things and people are not what they first appear and Lucky Number Slevin will keep you guessing until the very end of the flick. And this is a good thing; a smart, intelligently written, unapologetically violent mobster movie is hard to come by these days, so I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Josh Harnett played his role with surprising realism; frankly I have not enjoyed his characters in past movies, but here, in this movie he held his own against some pretty heavy players. Bruce Willis, Sir Ben Kingsley, and Morgan Freeman are always interesting to watch, and Lucy Liu was enchanting, and surprisingly seductive.

Lucky Number Slevin is one of those movies you have to pay close attention to in order to get the clues to solve the puzzle at the end. About two thirds of the way through the movie some secrets are reveled, just enough for a brief “Ah-Ha” moment and then the movies mystery deepens further still. I liked it! Occasionally, not often, but occasionally I like to watch a movie that makes me think, and Lucky Number Slevin does just that.


Kudos to screen writer Jason Smilovic for penning the words and to Paul McGuigan for providing able direction that kept the movie going in the right direction without an annoying red light to ruin the fun. In the world of maze infused thrillers, Lucky Number Slevin is one of the best I’ve seen in a good long pass.


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: None of the Above
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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