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Lucky Number Slevin doesn’t disappoint

You know a movie is going to be a delight to watch when it combines a twisting story of mistaken identity and top of the class, award winning actors. Lucky Number Slevin is one of those movies. It has a story line that is always revolving relating to characters that you don’t know too much about until the very end. From the first scene, I knew I was going to be hooked by the creative cinematography, unique editing, snappy dialogue, odd characters, and the acting, which was surprising at times (in a good way).

Before I start talking about the nuts and bolts of the movie, I’ll give you a little description of the story first, but, not so much as to ruin the ride for you.

Like what Goodkat (Bruce Willis) said about a good story, “Charlie Chaplin had a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest.and he came in third. Now that’s a good story.”

Slavin is a crimady (a hybrid of a comedy and crime movie) about a regular Joe named Slevin Kelevra (Josh Hartnett) who goes to visit his friend’s apartment, finds him missing, and then gets abducted by two not-to-smart thugs because the boss of a fairly large and powerful gang needs to see him, even though Slevin is the wrong man.

From there, the story wraps around characters played by Morgan Freeman, Sir Ben Kingsley, Bruce Willis and Lucy Liu all giving entertaining and enjoyable performances.

As the story plays out you get the pleasure of meeting some odd characters. One character in particular, The Rabbi (Sir Ben Kingsley) is a leader of another gang, but at the same time he is a Rabbi, so as he is performing these horrible acts of murder and betrayal he knows what he is doing is wrong and accepts it. Many times the characters will ask why he is called the Rabbi, and every time the answer is “Cause he’s a Rabbi.”

One of the “normal” characters is Lindsay (Lucy Liu) and by normal I mean she is not in the same predicaments the other characters are in, but she does get caught up in the middle of it all. At least one part of her is a bit odd; she’s one of the first morticians I’ve seen in a movie who wasn’t eating something while looking over a dead body.

Now it is time for my favorite part of this movie, the dialogue. Throughout the whole movie, the characters speak in snappy, fast paced conversations like they would in the Be Bop jazz era.

“Lindsay: What happened to your nose? Slevin: I used it to break some guy’s nose.” “The Boss: Ever since somebody shot Slim he went deaf.” ” Thug1: The cats in town. Thug2: Good Kat? Thug1: That’s what the junkies are singing.”

To wrap it up, Luck Number Slevin is definitely a must see if you are a fan of crimadies, movies with style and a story that “.has more twists and turns than chubby checker” (Wrongfully Accused). When you’re done reading this review, go and rent or buy Lucky Number Slevin, because I know you won’t be disappointed.

On a side note, Reel Action will be showing “Birdsong and Coffee.” It focuses on the “natural organic connection between coffee farmers, coffee drinkers, birds and answers the question, why do we need a wake-up call?” The showing is on Oct. 3 in Herrick Auditorium.