Directed by: Paul McGuigan
Written by: Jason Smilovic
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley and Morgan Freeman
From the get go, we know Lucky Number Slevin is going to be an action-meets-mystery-meets-comedy kind of movie. But even with its top notch cast, including the likes of Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Ben Kingsley, and Josh Hartnett, the plot tries to be (and IS) a little too clever, making it hard for audiences to piece the clues together on their own and actually enjoy the movie through a sense of involvement.
When Slevin (Hartnett) arrives in New York, hoping to seek refuge in his friend Nick’s apartment, he is thrown into a series of unfortunate events propelled by mistaken identity and simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Slevin is first led to The Boss (Freeman), who tells him he owes $96,000 but that this debt can be wiped if he assassinates his rival’s son, Isaac. Just as Slevin is sent back to the apartment to think things over, The Boss’ rival The Rabbi (Kingsley) puts another offer on the table that has Slevin working for both teams. With only his next door neighbor, Lindsey (Liu), helping him figure out the smaller details, they uncover a mysterious man working behind the scenes by the name of Goodkat (Willis).
With its fast-paced dialogue and cute preppy outfits, Lucky Number Slevin is an amusing charade at best, leaving nothing for the imagination in its plot progression and relying on its stylish visual quality for appeal. While the film intentionally sets out to be a comedic crime mystery, Lucky Number Slevin has trouble balancing serious elements of the story with its eccentricity. Far too chatty and predictable in its ending, Lucky Number Slevin is a miss.