• 2009-01-21
  • By Justinas Vainilavicius

BACK TO THE BASICS: Guy Richie goes back to his roots with his newest film, which goes far beyond his last few productions.

Director: Guy Ritchie 

Guy Ritchie has returned with another smashing new film, "RocknRolla." It has the allure of "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" along with enough rock'n'roll power to keep audience's eyes stuck to the screen for the full two hours. Ritchie's terrible last couple of films 's including "Swept Away," considered one of the worst films ever 's look like a bad dream now. He seems to have gone back to his roots for a while.

"Rocknrolla" is a story of sex, thugs and rock 'n' roll, according to the filmmakers. It shows us a new London underworld shaped by a mixture of gangster rock stars, old school mobs and Russian millionaires. It is also about the changing times that an increasingly progressive mafia is going through. The story is told in a witty and relaxed self-ironic way, with characters manifesting a laid back attitude toward life.

 The story is narrated by Mark Strong in the role of Archie, the right hand of Lenny Cole (played by Tom Wilkinson), a head of old school mobsters. A passive-aggressive but good-mannered and elegant Russian mobster named Uri (Karel Roden) asks for Lenny's help in clearing the obstacles away in his real-estate deal. When millions of Uri's euros and a priceless painting get involved, all the fun begins.
Every shady character in town wants a slice of the pie. Mr. One-Two (Gerard Butler) and his gang pursue the money. Uri's accountant Stella (Thandie Newton) also has her own interests. Her part is probably one of the most glamorous and sophisticated depictions of accountants in cinema. There is also Lenny's stepson, a dead but actually alive drug-addict rock star named Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell).

 The story develops quickly and enjoys a high dose of humor and a brilliant soundtrack, as well as a vast range of character types. The plot is set in London, which also adds its exclusive charm and sets a perfect backdrop to all the extremes seen in RocknRolla.
 Although the film's idea and the way it looks are nothing new 's more or less resembling the style of Ritchie's early works 's it is a successful example of his production, making it a thriller definitely worth seeing.

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