2001 Certificate: 18

Synopsis

Samuel L Jackson plays a chemist turned dope scientist who has created POS-51 - a new party drug that promises the user "a personal visit from God". But instead of delivering it as agreed to drug syndicate boss The Lizard (Meatloaf), he hot-foots it to Liverpool with hired gun Dakota (Emily Mortimer) in even hotter pursuit. Cue lots of plot-twisting, double-crossing, swearing, car chases, hotel room trashing and running around on rain-soaked rooftops.

Director

  • Ronny Yu

Cast

  • Sean Pertwee

  • Robert Carlyle

  • Ricky Tomlinson

  • Rhys Ifans

  • Emily Mortimer

  • Samuel L Jackson

Review

Director Ronny Yu avoided the obvious "mockney" Lock, Stock and Snatch approach when he was making this noisy, rude, Anglo-American gangster caper.

Samuel L Jackson, who also nursed this pet project for several years, is Elmo McElroy, a chemist turned dope scientist who has created POS-51 - a new party drug that promises the user "a personal visit from God".

But instead of delivering it as agreed to drug syndicate boss The Lizard (Meatloaf), he hot-foots it to Liverpool with hired gun Dakota (Emily Mortimer) in even hotter pursuit.

Cue lots of plot-twisting, double-crossing, swearing, car chases, hotel room trashing and running around on rain-soaked rooftops.

In fact, writer Stel Pavlou has conscripted just about every element of classic comic book action and shoe-horned it into just 92 minutes.

Yu handles the action sequences with panache and it's good to see Liverpool used impressively as a background to the mayhem (for a change).

Carlyle is once again a loveable psycho (Begby's simple Scouse cousin). All he wants is a ticket for the game.