Revolver – Blu-ray Edition

Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) has carved out quite a niche for himself as the foremost British director of gangster films. All of his films to date have that cooler-than-words violent aspect to them, odd characters and lightening fast dialogue. All the hype about this film was about how long it took Ritchie to make it and then get it released. The film was apparently ready in 2005 and there was a limited release of it followed by grumbling by those who saw it and then reshooting/reediting by Ritchie. Does not instill much confidence does it?

Highly skilled gambler Jake Green (Jason Statham – The Transporter, The Italian Job – 2003) has spent seven years in the solitary confinement area of prison. After he is released from jail he starts gambling and in two years wins quite a bit of money. Now he feels ready to reap his revenge on Dorothy Macha (Ray Liotta – Wild Hogs, Blow), a casino owner/mob leader with violent tendencies who had him arrested all those years ago.

After he has carried out his plan and humiliated Macha in front of his men, Jake suddenly collapses. He is told by a doctor that he has a rare disease and is going to die in three days. In the meantime, Macha has put a hit out on him.

For his own protection over his last three days, Jake hires two loan sharks, brothers Avi (Andre Benjamin – Semi-Pro, Scary Movie 4) and Zach (Vincent Pastore – from television's The Sopranos), who take most of his money for the job. Avi and Zach also have a desire to take down Macha. The remaining three days of Jake's life are full of plans, schemes and danger.

The story in this film, told mostly through a series of flashbacks, goes everywhere and has a little bit of everything to it. Much is left up to your own imagination and figuring out. Which I know is not for everyone and many might find annoying. Director Guy Ritchie certainly does not spoon feed you. It is hard to predict anything in regards to what is going to happen in the film. The story is non-linear and hard to follow at times, but that does not make it a bad film. It is shot as a classic film noir. Guy Ritchie was obviously trying to make a work of art rather than simply shoot a film. Give it a fair chance and you'll see.

Special Features:
-Deleted/extended/alternate scenes
-Introduction by director Guy Ritchie
-The Game: The Making of Revolver
-Revolver: Making the Music
-In-studio Interview with Guy Ritchie and James Herbert

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