Starring: Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore, Andre Benjamin, Terence Maynard
Ego is something which we cannot live with; we all want to win it, build it, garner it and do exactly what it tells you to do. Jake Green (Statham) is a conman who specialises in gaining your confidence and eventually conning you. He served seven years in prison in solitary confinement where his neighbours was a master conman and the other, a chess master. The chess master and the conman used to communicate with each other by writing at the back of books on quantum mechanics along with their secret formulas to success. Jake intercepts and learns of these formulas which can be applied to any game to make the player win against any opponent under any situation. When Jake gets out of prison he uses this formula in casinos to quickly make a lot of money and earn himself a reputation of being unbeatable. Dorothy Macha (Liotta) is a crooked casino owner who had once forced Jake to play on his behalf. When all of Jake's winnings mysteriously disappeared, Macha framed him and sent him to prison. Now Jake wants revenge but two loan sharks, Avi (Benjamin) and Zach (Pastore) tell him that he suffers from a rare blood disease due to which he would die in three days. They offer to protect him and help him survive for as long as he can in return of all of Jake's money. The movie starts on an extremely promising note and with the reputation of Guy Ritchie riding on it along with Jason Statham, one definitely expects fireworks. However, the movie focuses deeply on ego, greed, power and over-riding the inner thoughts. It gets highly philosophical and starts to represent a very emotion-laden art movie. Its just the end and the philosophical nature of an otherwise good movie that does not make it worth the watch.
Thumbs up: Good promising start, good performances
Thumbs down: Complicated plot, bad ending