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by Scott Weinberg

"Ritchie returns to the well once too often, resulting in a total meltdown."
1 stars

SCREENED AT THE 2005 TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL: To those of you who were just sure that Guy Ritchie's "Swept Away" was some sort of aberration; a massive misstep after the criminally enjoyable double feature of "Lock, Stock..." and "Snatch," well, I have some seriously bad news. Mr. Ritchie's return to the criminal underbelly of the cinematic world, "Revolver," is an absolute chore from start to finish. Rarely have I gone from "really psyched" to "astonishingly annoyed" in such short order.

As I was perusing the Toronto Film Festival guide, I threw a big, red circle around Guy Ritchie's Revolver. As a huge fan of both Snatch and Lock, Stock, I was eagerly anticipating the director's return to form. (Some would say "formula" instead of "form," but like I said: I'm a fan of the guy's work.) Toss in the one-two leading man punch of Jason Statham & Ray Liotta, and you've got a flick that I was really looking forward to.

But I also noticed that Revolver does not yet have a U.S. distributor. And after sitting through 110 interminable minutes of the movie, I can plainly see why.

Statham plays a wealthy con-man criminal dude fresh out of a long stint in the pen; Liotta is a devious casino owner who has some rather unseemly plans for our anti-hero.

Any further plot synopsis would require about 17 paragraphs, three hours of my time, and an overseas call to Mr. Ritchie during which I'd be heard screaming "Dude, what the...?" followed by a string of vulgar unpleasantries.

It's right about now that I'm beginning to understand how integral producer Matthew Vaughn was to Mr. Ritchie's earlier successes. Compare Vaughn's own Layer Cake to the non-sensical and aimless blatherings of the Vaughn-free Revolver, and I suspect you might begin to agree.

This is a terrible movie; it's generic and confusing and presented in a completely misshapen form. Plot threads are left intentionally dangling so that Ritchie can stop back, 40 minutes later, and pull the rug out from under his audience time and time again, and not even remotely in a good way. The screenplay is a non-stop deluge of dialogue that goes like this:

"In order to win the game, you must know the player who knows your gameplay -- and then forget what you know, remember what he knows, and then do the exact opposite, but only if that's what your opponent is expecting you to do."

Seriously, this junk gets spewed onto a bewildered audience with a shocking and tenacious consistency. Any semblance of a cohesive narrative arc is junked early on, and those who can sit through Revolver and later claim to have "followed it completely" is a bald-faced liar.

Intentionally confusing, narratively screwed, and 98% annoying throughout, Revolver is a crystal-clear indication of a desperate filmmaker clinging to his only established blueprint, only this time he frames his tale like so many broken puzzle pieces. The thing wears out its welcome early and often, and then spends the next 70-some minutes unleashing a torrent of pointless (and unexciting) gunplay, plot threads that betray and demolish the plot threads from 15 minutes earlier, and Ray Liotta overacting to such a degree that, for 2 hours, I forgot what a big fan of the actor I am.

And whoever thought it was a good idea to let the mono-syllabic caveman known as Vincent Pastore deliver lines of dialogue consisting of more than six consecutive words should be required to listen to the guy recite the entire published works of William Shakespeare.

Out of respect for Guy Ritchie, I've intentionally avoided seeing his universally-reviled adaptation of "Swept Away" -- but if it's even half as frustrating and monumentally annoying as "Revolver" is, then I say the guy's in some serious career trouble. Here's hoping the filmmaker decides, next time out, to let someone else contribute a screenplay, because what he's slapped together for "Revolver" is as overwhelmingly indulgent as it is patently moronic.

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User Comments

4/16/13 Flipsider Ritchie put psycholgists in the credits to explain what the movie was about. Says it all. 2 stars
12/09/09 A.Wilson Probably the most polarizing film of all time, most people wont understand it Mr.Gold wont 5 stars
3/25/09 Monday Morning Muddled plot, lame acting, a waste of time. And oh, Madonna sucks in her own right. 2 stars
12/03/08 Shaun Wallner Very Boring! 1 stars
7/26/08 pin Psuedointellectual Trainwreck. Truly Awful. 1 stars
6/19/08 OwlJulie Loved the elevator scene. This movie is spiritual, about getting hold of your demons. 5 stars
12/12/07 cristi interesting mind game this movie 5 stars
12/11/07 Emanouil R/evolve/r is not for the Majority. The FILM delivers a profund truth you aren't ready for. 5 stars
12/08/07 Naurto See? Marry Madonna and your career goes to shit. 1 stars
12/08/07 Max I was told by a friend this was a "mind fuck" ala Fight Club/Matrix. WORST MOVIE EVER!!!! 1 stars
12/05/07 Mick Guy Richies take on intelligent sci-fi,future cult classic. 5 stars
9/09/07 Andy Excellent! Worth watching a second time to appreciate it fully. 4 stars
4/27/07 pervez khan it gives u an idea of how to rule and that is , to have some mental strength. 5 stars
10/22/06 Kyle E God forbid an action film with abstract symbolism. quite a thinker 5 stars
10/22/06 Yusef Its symbolic showing how money controls man "MR Green" if you see this its great 5 stars
9/25/06 skunk a movie that requires you to think, consider, reconsider and genuinely use your brain! gold 5 stars
5/30/06 Fer A challenging, exciting and engaging film. Not for grandma or people expecting Snatch 2 5 stars
5/02/06 Dracon Movie = Marvel. Must see for educated individuals. Requires full attention. 5 stars
4/28/06 MrSorter I found myself liking it from the get go.. a few bumps but by the end.. if you get it..wow! 4 stars
4/14/06 a awesome 5 stars
4/12/06 Jordan Bradbury Didn't understand all of it, but enough to know that it is an awesome movie. 5 stars
12/14/05 Apple I have no idea what this film is trying to portry, but it looks cool. 4 stars
12/14/05 gunzoller great movie. great perfomance. real art-house. 5 stars
12/06/05 stickman can words describe how shit this flick is? 1 stars
10/20/05 Vitok Watch it several times to understand that you are about to commit a suicide 1 stars
10/15/05 Bo A huge disappointment for what was going to be the greatest comeback ever 2 stars
10/09/05 Uncle Salty If I can't say anything nice, I won't say anthing at all. 1 stars
10/03/05 Jon Riordan Weird movie, started off really well, then about 45 mins in began to lose itself. Worth see 3 stars
9/29/05 Pete Great film - unless you like to be spoonfed a story 5 stars
9/26/05 beanhead so what and who was real and what was in his head ?? 1 stars
9/26/05 Bexx what the hell was it about, i just dont get it 1 stars
9/25/05 Leon intellectual plot very cleve...guns and violence with enough leaves you working it out A+ 5 stars
9/24/05 Big G Terrible. The greatest load of bollocks since .... ever! 1 stars
9/23/05 Russ ridiculous 1 stars
9/23/05 jonmac what in heaven have i just witnessed? nonsense!! neel, snap out of it!!! 1 stars
9/22/05 Mark G Painful to watch! What a let down. 1 stars
9/21/05 Mark T. Absolute rubbish!!!! 1 stars
9/21/05 Mark T. Absolute rubbish!!!! 1 stars
9/21/05 Mark T. Absolute rubbish!!!! 1 stars
9/21/05 Mark T. Absolute rubbish!!!! 1 stars
9/21/05 John M. Worse film in years!!! 1 stars
9/21/05 Keith Piper CRAP!!!! 1 stars
9/19/05 Neel Idiots of today, namely Katrina and Alex you dont know squat about films. Go read a book. 5 stars
9/13/05 Katrina saw it at the preview screening - worst movie of all time. 1 stars
9/12/05 Alex Brisbourne Astonishingly bad: I'm a great ritchie fan (maybe, was). Needs User Guide to follow it! 1 stars
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  07-Dec-2007 (R)
  DVD: 18-Mar-2008



Directed by
  Guy Ritchie

Written by
  Guy Ritchie

  Jason Statham
  Ray Liotta
  André Benjamin
  Vincent Pastore
  Andrew Howard
  Vincent Riotta

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