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Revolver
DVD disk
04.16.2008 By: Sturdy
Revolver order
Director:
Guy Ritchie

Actors:
Jason Statham
Ray Liotta
Vincent Pastore

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A man just released from prison finds himself wrapped up in the ultimate con. But as pieces begin to unfold, he begins to question who’s the opponent and who’s the victim.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Guy Ritchie has lost a step. There, I said it. I hate to admit it since I was one of his biggest fans after LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS and SNATCH, but the guy has forgotten how to tell a story. I won’t even acknowledge SWEPT AWAY, but REVOLVER was proof that the guy needs to reevaluate his methods. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t live up to his first two films.

The biggest complaint I have is that he swayed too far from the main plot of the film and tried to add an existential sub-plot that was never properly explored. Guy is best when he’s focused on one story and only one story. His films don’t really have any deeper meaning and I think everyone is ok with that. With REVOLVER, he tried to add some deeper meaning. I think he even realized it wasn’t properly explained when he had some professional interviews playing through the credits.

The saddest part is that the con (Guy Ritchie’s forte) lost momentum while he wasted time with the mental subplot. By the end of the film, the audience is left wondering who got the money, how much did they get, and why was everyone mad at each other. This is not a good thing with a con movie. Also, I appreciate it when directors try new things with their directing style, but the use of Anime in the film was very distracting. It didn’t work, and was unnecessary for a film of this nature.

Jason Statham did a fine job. He seems to give his best performances in Guy’s films. Ray Liotta was fun as the over-the-top bad guy, but I was constantly questioning his character’s purpose. In fact, I found myself questioning everyone’s purpose at some point in the film.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Guy Ritchie and James Herbert: Guy does most of the commentary since it was based off an idea he had. I disagree with a lot of his decisions and observations, but I enjoyed hearing him talk about the film. Guy focuses on the ideas of the film while James is geared towards the actual making of the film. They played well off each other and it makes for a good listen.

Deleted/Extended Scenes (23:53): Guy Ritchie gives an introduction to these scenes and it’s not an option to listen to them or not. Most of these are actually of the extended variety, and there’s not much of a difference. He says a few times that he felt he explained too much originally and had to edit the film to make it less obvious. I’m not so sure I agree, but it didn’t make that much of a difference.

Making the Music (14:08): I don’t really think music needs a featurette, so I find it odd that they ever include one on a DVD. Then I remember that the featurettes are geared to sell CD’s and it all makes sense. They get the composer and Guy Ritchie to talk about the film and the music behind it. However, Guy spends most of the time talking about the movie and not the music.

Outtakes (4:04): Slip ups, farts, etc. Not much to write home about, but we get the usual outtakes and mistakes. The clips are pretty fast, so it doesn’t give you a chance to get bored. Unfortunately, it also prevents you from getting all the jokes.

The Game: Making of Revolver (24:30): I like Jason Statham, so I always enjoy featurettes and interviews he participates in. The rest of the cast and crew shows up to talk about the film. It’s a pretty informative feature but it featured a little too much Ray Liotta.

The Concept: An Interview (16:15): Guy Ritchie and James Herbert sit down to discuss the film and answer a set of questions. It’s the basic stuff, but again, Guy Ritchie is always eager to talk about his movies and I enjoy listening to what he has to say. I still disagree with his idea that the film was too straight forward in the beginning.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Again, this is not a bad film, but I think it could have been much better had it contained a little bit more focus. I liked the basic plot, but not the subplots. At best, I could recommend this as a rental.
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