There are certain movies that are harder to explain the plot to; then, there are the movies where even when you explain it, it’s still confusing. And then, finally there are the movies you don’t want to tell anything about a movie because it’s just that darn good.
The latter is what I’m about to do for the new Weinstein Co. film, Lucky Number Slevin, which has a star-studded cast, headlined by Josh Hartnett, Oscar-winners Morgan Freeman and Sir Ben Kingley, Lucy Liu, and Bruce Willis. The basic story line and theme of the movie is a case of mistaken identity.
When I went into the film, I really didn’t know too much about it other than people had told me I’d like it. I wasn’t told anything about the plot, the story, anything to give me a clue as to what I’d be watching. What they did tell me was Lucy Liu had a great role.
Well, that being said, this is going to be the most uninformative review ever. I will begin with telling you the most simple plot outline. Josh Hartnett is in New York to visit his friend; he gets to the apartment only to find his friend not being home. Lucy Liu is his spastic, fast-talking neighbor looking for a cup of sugar; she’s also confused by Josh’s friend’s disappearance.
Since Josh was alone in the home, he decided to take a shower – I mention this only because for the first 1/3rd of the film, his only wardrobe is a towel covering only his lower region – ladies, are you listening?
Later on in the day, Josh hears a knock on the door, only to be a group of mobsters who mistake him for his friend; they kidnap him because they think he’s someone else. Josh is taken to see The Boss, who’s played by Morgan Freeman. Josh tries to explain he’s not who they think he is; however, Morgan tells him he owes him $96,000. He still tries to explain he’s not who they think he is; Morgan doesn’t care and asks him to carry out a deed for him.
I’ll cut to a few minutes later; the same thing happens to Josh from another group of mobsters. Again, he’s kidnapped because of some mistaken identity to see another ‘boss,’ The Rabbi, played by Sir Ben Kingsley. Amazingly, Josh owes The Rabbi money; Josh tries to explain he’s not who he is, but The Rabbi asks him to carry out a deed for him.
In the middle of all this mistaken identity, Bruce Willis gets involved in between both groups as a mediator. Once all the craziness stops for a little bit, Lucy and Josh begin to get closer and closer.
That’s really about all I can say about this film; if I go any further with the plot, it will ruin it. Lucky Number Slevin is a definite must-see; there is suspense, drama, action, and comedy. It’s one movie that is an original plot and story line. There's some great dialogue with Sir Ben and Morgan you'll be talking about for a long time to come.
Lucky Number Slevin opens in theaters April 7th; it’s rated R.