Rocknrolla - Movie

Rocknrolla neither rocked nor rolled. But that is solely because I somewhat worship Guy Ritchie for making movies like Snatch and Lock Stock, and I inadvertently ended up comparing RocknRolla with the masterpieces just mentioned. On its own, however, RocknRolla is a pretty good movie. It is witty, at times gritty, and despite being deliberately surrealistic it ends up making more sense that Slumdog Millionaire.

“RocknRolla” hits the screen running and rarely slows down. The gangsters of modern-day London are shooting holes in each other and breaking each other's legs over real estate and a prized painting that figures prominently in the plot.

Old-school mobster Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) runs things, aided by his loyal lieutenant, Archy (Mark Strong).

Times are changing in old London town, though. The Russian mob, led by billionaire Uri Obomavich (Karel Roden) wants a cut of the action.

On a lower level of hoodlum hierarchy, small-time crook One Two (Gerard Butler) and his pal Mumbles (Idris Elba) want in on the action as well. They provide the muscle when a sexy accountant played by Thandie Newton wants a cut from both sides of the gangland warpath.

Although Ritchie offers his fans nothing new in the movie, he delivers an amusing story. Personally, I was not swept away by RocknRolla, but the movie marks a welcome return for Guy Ritchie who has finally come to terms that it is pretty retarded to make movies about prehistoric pop divas (read: Madonna). Here is to hoping that the sequel to RocknRolla rocks harder.


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