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Painting, painting, who's got the painting?

  • Feb 15, 2009
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Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Sing a song of crime lords, pockets never dry
2. A Russian dealer comes to town, buildings to buy
3. While the deal was open, there was an offering
4. A rare and lucky canvas, which quickly went missing
5. The Accountant's in her counting house, counting out her money
6. The thug is in the parlor, nibbling at his honey
7. The knave is still a junkie, alive, but no one knows
8. A dirty bunch of con men, and greedy money hos

This is a dark British crime caper with quite a few funny bits, about a London crime boss doing business with a Russian property dealer, a group of criminals known as the Wild Bunch, an overly clever accountant, a harried lawyer, a crack addicted rock star, a couple of record producers, and a couple of junkie thieves.

If you think it sounds confusing, you're right - and things get more complicated when a "lucky" painting gets stolen and starts getting passed hand to hand, often under very unlucky circumstances.

Gerard Butler stars as One Two, one of the leaders of the Wild Bunch, and Thandie Newton sizzles as the Accountant. Other noteworthy performances are provided by Tom Wilkinson as the crime boss, Mark Strong as the right hand man to the crime boss and Toby Kebbell as the drug addicted rock star. Look also for small parts by Jimi Mistry, Jeremy Piven and Ludacris.

Crime, punishment, betrayal, revenge and greed take center stage in this fast-moving dark comedy/thriller. Go see this if too much Butler is never enough.

Amanda Richards, February 15, 2009

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review by . June 15, 2010
posted in Screen Gems
A real Rocknrolla wants the lot
What makes this stand out to you as a real gem?   When one sits down to watch this film, they expect a film about the underworld of London. What they don't expect is that the underworld is much more far reaching than we think. With all of these key players that the viewers are introduced to, how could they all be connected? What Guy Ritchie achieves in this film is astounding. He takes each individual character and gives him/her not only an integral part in the overall flow of …
Quick Tip by . August 26, 2009
Great Movie! Entertaining from begining to end. The entire cast made this movie...Guy Ritchie strikes again!
review by . July 01, 2009
An interesting cast was assembled to tackle a twist-filled script, directed by a craftsman experience in the genre of everyday mobsters in modern day London. Every editing trick in the book was used. Clever camera work was deployed. A pulsing soundtrack provided a burst of extra energy. Yet in the end, ROCK N ROLLA is a whole lot of elements that look like they should be something resulting in a movie that is less than the sum of those parts.    Guy Ritchie doesn't really seem …
review by . April 09, 2009
In recent years, Guy Ritchie has been growing on me. After this film, I've squarely chalked that up to when I came to movie watching age.    I turned 17 in 1993 just as Quentin Tarantino was starting out. When I reached college, Reservoir Dogs was playing late every Saturday night at one of the seediest U-District (that's Seattle) movie theaters. Then came Pulp Fiction. Wow.     Rock N Rolla brought back some of that youthful feeling of movie watcing awe. …
review by . February 01, 2009
A number of years ago young director Guy Ritchie changed mobster movies with his infectious LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS and that twisted underbelly of London's crime population is back in full force with ROCKNROLLA. Ritchie's style - mixing rapid action, flashback explanations, loopy violence, wildly imaginative characters, and a near non-understandable collection of various accents from the British Isles coupled with an integral musical score - makes this tale of deceit, desperation, intrigue, …
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“I own this town.” But owning is getting expensive for old-school London gangster Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson). A wealthier foreign mob is moving in with a riverfront property swindle. A small-timer (Gerard Butler) and his crew think they can play both sides and become big time. Now add a hard-as-ice accountant (Thandie Newton), a rocker playing dead to boost sales, wannabe music moguls (Jeremy Piven and Chris Bridges), a missing painting and a mad mosh of money and muscle, and youve got this funny, smash-mouth smackdown of sexthugs&rocknroll from writer/director Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch).
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Director: Guy Ritchie
Genre: Action, Adventure
Screen Writer: Guy Ritchie
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
Runtime: 114 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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