Hello loyal readers. This week I thought I’d make my movie recommendation the overlooked 2006 crime thriller “Lucky Number Slevin.” It is, I believe, a victim of a truly terrible title (which also kind of spoils a plot twist in the film). The director originally wanted to call it “Kansas City Shuffle,” and I wonder what would have happened if it had been released with this title instead of the cutesy “S7evin” moniker (no, that’s not a typing mistake, the number 7 was actually in the original release stuff.)
If you’ve never seen or heard of this movie, you will be truly shocked to find out the cast list. Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Stanley Tucci, Danny Aiello, and Robert Forster are all in this film. It is a great ensemble cast, but the movie is really stolen by Bruce Willis as a professional assassin who is several steps ahead of everyone.
The film revolves around the character of Slevin (played by Hartnett) who ends up being mistaken for an unlucky individual who owes money to two different mob bosses. Before you know it, he is being threatened by both mobs and a police detective, being stalked by a hitman (Willis), and romancing his neighbor (Liu).
If you like crime thrillers, this is a movie for you. Even if you figure out where it’s going, the ride is worth it. So, ignore the goofy title and give “Lucky Number Slevin” a look.