Saturday, August 7, 2010

RocknRolla (2008)

"Don't worry he can't defend himself hes got no head"

Mob boss Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) is the biggest and baddest man in London controlling almost everything including property. He is aided by his henchman Archy (Mark Strong) in creating his empire. One problem. Lenny has a stepson named Johnny (Toby Kebbell), a wild and charismatic lead singer of a huge band who's heavy into drugs and partying and finds ways to make Lenny's life a living hell. While trying to keep Johnny out of sight and mind Lenny continues business as usual making a deal with a Russian mobster for a huge lot of land in downtown London. Wanting the deal to go smoothly the Russian offers Lenny his lucky painting until the deal is completed. One problem the painting is stolen by Johnny who disappears into London and presumed dead. Meanwhile, Lenny's accountant (Thandi Newton) recruits a group of men to heist the money for the deal led by One Two (Gerard Butler) and his gang creating more problems for Lenny. To avoid starting a mob war Lenny sends Archy out to find the missing painting, his step son, and the robbers in this good ole fashioned romp through London.

Guy Ritchie directs and does what he does best in making macho guy films and hes not afraid to point that out as he himself pokes fun at it. The cast is terrific, comedy all around, and I'm sure everyone will find a character they love from Handsome Bob, One Two, or even Mumbles. This movie definitely holds its own next to Ritchie's other projects "Snatch" and "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels". Bottom line its an action-comedy you can have fun with and I look forward to the sequel. 3.5/5 -tom

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