James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN (18)
D: Paul McGuigan
MGM/The Weinstein Company/Ascendant/Capitol/The Complex Studio/FilmEngine/VIP 4 (Chris Roberts & Kia Jam)
US/UK/Germany/Canada 🇺🇸🇬🇧🇩🇪🇨🇦 2006
W: Jason Smilovic
DP: Peter Sova
Ed: Andrew Hulme
Mus: J. Ralph
Josh Hartnett (Slevin Kelevra), Bruce Willis (Mr. Goodkat), Lucy Liu (Lindsey), Morgan Freeman (The Boss), Ben Kingsley (The Rabbi), Stanley Tucci (Det. Brikowski)
Style is very much over substance in this crime-action caper starring Josh Hartnett as Slevin, our protagonist who becomes involved in a dispute between two criminal gangs over a case of mistaken identity.
The narratively is purposefully convoluted to set up the twist ending, that would have worked much better without all the sleight of hand and smoke and mirrors that had preceded it, making the finale seem totally contrived and quite unconvincing.
Still, the film is quite enjoyable, even if it is just a poorer man's Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (qv).