In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city's scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. While the city's seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player -- a drugged-out rock 'n' roller presumed to be dead but very much alive -- has a multi-million-dollar prize fall into... See full summary »
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal.
Stephen Campbell Moore
After seven years in solitary, Jake Green is released from prison. In the next two years, he amasses a lot of money by gambling. He's ready to seek his revenge on Dorothy (Mr. D) Macha, a violence-prone casino owner who sent Jake to prison. He humiliates Macha in front of Macha's lieutenants, leaves, and keels over. Doctors tell him he has a rare disease and will die in three days; Macha also puts a hit out on him. Loan sharks, Zack and Avi, demand Jake's cash and complete fealty in return for protection. Jake complies, and through narration and flashbacks, we watch him through at least three days of schemes, danger, and redemption. Who is his greatest enemy?Written by
The stack of bills Avi sniffs are $12 bills. The written-out words also say "Twelve". See more »
It is obvious that the first chess game between Avi and Jake, is drastically sped up, however Jake mates Avi with his queen which we just saw Avi capture. See more »
One thing I've learned in the last seven years: in every game and con there's always an opponent, and there's always a victim. The trick is to know when you're the latter, so you can become the former.
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There are six title cards carrying quotes (some real, some made up) which appear, the first four before the film starts; the ideas in the quotes are referred to in the dialogue. 1. "The greatest enemy will hide in the last place you would ever look." - Julius Caesar, 75 B.C. 2. "The only way to get smarter is by playing a smarter opponent." - Fundamentals of Chess, 1883 3. "First rule of business, protect your investment." - Etiquette of the Banker, 1775 4. "There is no avoiding war, it can only be postponed to the advantage of your enemy." - Niccolo Machiavelli, 1502 At 1:13 : 5. "The only real enemy to have ever existed, is an internal one." - The Road to Suicide, pg1, line 1 At 1:36 : 6. "Your friends are close, but your enemy is closer." - The Road to Suicide, pg1, line 2 See more »
The psychoanalysts and philosophers at the end in the pre-credits scene are discussing the "ego" (one's sense of self). Freud's model of the mind has three parts (id, ego, and superego). The ego (named for the Latin word for self) is what Jake Green is up against, also called Mr Gold, also referred in the opening quote as the enemy that hides in the last place you would ever look. In one monologue, there is a recognition that "I'm you (the ego), you're not me." The chess master notes that if you try to destroy him (the ego) to save them (the people around you), they will destroy you to save him (their egos). See more »
After catching this at the cinema last night and having a nights sleep to think it over I've got to say I'm still a) not quite sure what happened at the end and b) not 100% sure if I enjoyed it or not.
However, given the recent glut of dot to dot plot and expensive thoughtless nonsense we've been treated to this summer is it really a crime to make a film that regardless of your liking for it still makes you ponder? Sure it has delusions of grandeur and at times disappears up its own backside - the anime still baffles me as to its inclusion - but you've got to give Guy Ritchie credit for trying to make something a bit different, and whilst he is taking a battering on all sides I've got nothing but admiration for his 'bravery' - as his missus declared at the premiere.
Jason Statham is as dependable as always - despite the dodgy barnet - and Ray Liotta and the rest of the supporting cast all acquit themselves well - special mentions should go to Mark Strong and Andre Benjamin. It looks great and has some good set pieces - so all in all - interesting.....did I like it, not sure - am I still thinking about it -Yes - which is more than can be said for the majority of the other instantly forgettable nonsense we've been spoon fed with over the last few months - a DVD viewing beckons, I'll work out that ending even if it kills me!!
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