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RocknRolla

Plot holes spackled over with slick visual wizardry
By TOM MEEK  |  November 6, 2008
2.5 2.5 Stars

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Forget his previous misfire, Revolver — the old Guy Ritchie's back with his usual shady deals and shootouts that spring from a priceless relic some heavy's willing to chop up his rivals for.

These underworld piranhas bear little loyalty, and all transactions (legit or not) must flow through the hands of a grousing mobster named Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson). Lenny's in a bind; however, he's lost a "lucky" painting that a Russian businessman (Karel Roden) has lent him to cement their deal. The Russian in turn can't find the seed money he owes Lenny because upstart One Two (Gerard Butler), who's deep into Lenny, has absconded with it.

The back-and-forth gets played out too soon, but Ritchie spackles the plot holes over with slick visual wizardry. Wilkinson and Butler put in game performances, and the rest of the eclectic ensemble perform with gusto.

114 minutes | Boston Common + Harvard Square + Suburbs

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