“Lucky Number Slevin” is an underrated crime drama with a mind-blowing twist that makes this a must-see! In this story, Josh Hartnett is a victim of mistaken identity who is forced to repay debts to two rival crime lords when he can’t produce identification to defend himself. The plot may sound a bit thin but it will all make sense in the end. The crime lords are played by Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley, which is another great reason to watch this film. Hartnett and Lucy Lui are okay in their love story but I’m more drawn to Bruce Willis’ mysterious character and Stanley Tucci’s performance as a hard-nosed detective. The film has all of the grit that you’d expect from an R-rated crime movie so be prepared for a lot of blood and profanity. The violence doesn’t go beyond what is appropriate for the genre, especially because the film’s oft-lighthearted tone keeps us from dwelling on what we’ve just seen. Unlike the violence, the excessive f-words and sexual content are not always necessary to the story and make it too edgy for my taste. “Lucky Number Slevin” is a unique film with one of the best twists that you will ever see, as long as you can stomach its extreme content.
P.S. Don’t worry if you feel like you don’t understand why the main character is named “Slevin,” it’ll make sense in the end!
[Pictured: “Lucky Number Slevin” has so much star power that its level of entertainment is inevitable]