From the Set of Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla
Like Wes Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, and Paul Thomas Anderson, Guy Ritchie is one of those filmmakers who's got a strong cult following. Ever since Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, he's a director who has been recognized for his brilliant films that mainstream audiences just doesn't care much about. His next film currently in production, titled RocknRolla, is another ensemble British gangster flick that stars Gerard Butler, Jeremy Piven, Thandie Newton, and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. MTV had a chance to go on set and their video report is worth watching for anyone who's a Guy Ritchie follower or looking forward to RocknRolla.
The video is a brief interview with Chris "Ludacris" Bridges (sorry no Gerard Butler this time) and it includes some scenes from the set and I must say I was quite entertained. He says that RocknRolla is just like Snatch and Lock, Stock, "but even better." Typically I don't enjoy set videos because they have hardly any worthwhile content, but this is different. Check it out:
Personally I'm a huge fan of Snatch and I'm anxiously awaiting RocknRolla. Snatch is one of those movies I could put in at any day and at any time and enjoy no matter what. I like Guy Ritchie but he really hasn't had anything fantastic in a few years, which is why I'm looking forward to his hopeful return to form with RocknRolla. The name itself is great, the story, and especially the cast - I'm all for it.
It will be interesting if he can bring anything new to the table. Snatch was a remake of Lock stock and Revolver was an appalling mess.
Payne by name on Oct 15, 2007
Payne, do you even understand what the word remake means? Snatch and Lock, Stock have NO storyline connections at all. Revolver was great until that last fifteen minutes...
newmi on Oct 19, 2007
Sorry I should have said 'basic remake'. I preferred Snatch but seriously there are so many Brit Gangsta flicks and his films do follow a similar formula. Convoluted plot that all comes together at the end. Gangsta thug who likes to come out with stuff like 'well if I were to juxtapose your feelings of fear with my propensity for retributive violence I wonder whether you would be feeling nervous' as well as incredible nuggets of trivia. The imbecile in every gang that screws things up but seems to escape death. The 'Italian Job' style ending - will they get the money, won't they? Really, they are the same story. But what am I saying, if you can see greatness in Revolver then you are a lost cause for that was the biggest load of self indulgent, pretensious bollocks that I've seen in a long time.
Payne by name on Oct 25, 2007
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