Director: Guy Ritchie
Jason Statham – Jake
Ray Liotta – Macha
Jake Green is a hotshot gambler, long on audacity and short on common sense. He’s rarely allowed to play in any casino because he is a winner. Jake has taken in so much money over the years, he is the only client of his accountant and older brother Billy. One night, Jake, Billy and their other brother Joe are invited to sit in on a private game, where Jake is expected to lose to Dorothy Macha, a crime boss and local casino owner who can’t play for squat, but always wins because people are too scared to beat him. Jake isn’t afraid of Macha, and not only beats Dorothy in a quick game of chance, but takes every possible opportunity to insult the man. Jake and his brothers leave the game, and Macha puts out the order for a hit on Jake, who ends up working for and being protected by a pair of brothers, Avi and Zack, who are out to take Macha down.
Well Ritchie takes us on a journey with this one, and one I don’t think anyone was expecting. Gangster film gone thinkathon. You want philosophy with your American spagetti mob em up then this is your ticket. I have to admit though it will probably take a few viewings to totally come to grips with what is going on, I know it will for me. To be honest I can’t pass my total judgement based on this one viewing, but any film that has you going back for more must have something about it…