Frisch aus dem Knast, will Jake Green (Jason Statham) erst einmal das grosse Geld machen. Doch dies liegt nun einmal nicht auf der Strasse, also Hopp ins Casino. Und Jake ist gut. Die sieben Jahre im Gefängnis mit zwei geheimnisvollen Gestalten, die ihn in die Welt des Spiels eingeführt haben, tun ihre Wirkung. Zwei Jahre später, unterdessen steinreich, nimmt sich Jake seinen Erzfeind vor: den Casinobesitzer und Gangster Macha (Ray Liotta). Dieser ist ein hartgesottener Bursche und gewinnt immer, weil ihn sich niemand zum Feind machen will.
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Darsteller: Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore, André Benjamin, Terence Maynard, Andrew Howard, Mark Strong, Francesca Annis, Mem Ferda, Anjela Lauren Smith, Elana Binysh, Shend, Bill Moody, Stephen Walters, Vincent Riotta, Tom Wu, Ian Puleston-Davies, Jimmy Flint, Brian Hibbard, Bruce Wang
Kommentare zum Film
Guy Ritchie. Momentan ist er ein kleiner Held für mich. Seine beiden Werke (Snatch, Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels)haben mich so beeindruckt und fasziniert wie schon lange kein anderer Film. Konnte es kaum erwarten noch einen Streifen des Briten zu sehen. Die Auswahl war aber leider relativ klein. Von seinen bislang 5 Regiearbeiten habe ich ja eben schon zwei gesehen, eine soll ja anscheinend totaler Müll sein und RocknRolla ist ja bei uns noch nicht einmal im Kino angelaufen. Es gab also nur einen Ausweg. Revolver, und der musste schleunigst in mein DVD Regal.
Speziell. Wirklich sehr speziell, oder wie es Dirty Harry sagte: WTF, aber auch im positiven. Anfangen tut?s recht normal. Off Kommentar, gute Musik, gute Zitate= ein typischer Ritchie Film. Doch das ändert sich schlagartig. Die Story wird recht kompliziert und verlangt volle Konzentration. Sicher auch ein Grund, für das eher schlechte Abschneiden an der Kinokasse. Es könnte sogar sein das es dem Einten oder Anderen schon nach einigen Minuten verleidet, denn wer einmal den Faden verliert, findet nur noch schlecht Anschluss an das Geschehen. Wer das ganze aber checkt wird auf jedenfall belohnt. Ich konnte dem Ganzen bis zum Schluss einigermassen folgen, doch ich danke denjenigen, die noch ein paar Erklärungen abgegeben haben. Es war sehr hilfreich, da mir damit recht viele offene Fragen beatwortet wurden.
Den Rest war wieder hervorragend. Die Rollen wurden perfekt besetzt. Jason Statham gefällt mir einfach in solchen Rollen. Die Musik war wieder gut eingesetzt, das Drehbuch fand ich recht stark (Schach hat mich ausnahmsweise mal fasziniert)und die Action Sequenzen waren toll umgesetzt. Spannung hätte hingegen noch ein wenig mehr vorhanden sein dürfen. Doch alles in allem ein weiteres überzeugendes Werk des Briten.
Etwas hat mich fasziniert an bei diesem Streifen und ich bin mir sicher nach dem 2 Mal schauen wird es das immer noch tun. Sicherlich kein Film für zwischendurch, aber wer sich Zeit nimmt und das Hirn nicht ausschaltet wird auch nicht enttäuscht werden.
Ich muss sagen der Film hat mit sehr gemundet, eigentlich genau mein Stil.
Die Gedanken die man immer von Jason hört, und der ganze geniale Plan, mit allem drum und dran ein geiler Film! :)
danke, diese erklärung bringt mich tatsächlich weiter. aber verschachtelt und kompliziert ist das ganze alemal. es ist einfach kein mainstream-film. jedenfalls nicht so wie es z.b. snatch war. für mich ein bisschen too much das ganze. ich mag filme mit überraschender auflösung am schluss wie z.b. the usual suspects sehr, aber nur wenn die erklärung auch schlüssig ist und wenigstens das meiste offen legt.
Ich habe den Film gestern auf DVD gekauft für 8.-Fr. Schaute ihn mir an und begriff ihn vollends...dachte ich...Ich war auf einmal unsicher und schaute ins I-Net. Also meiner Meinung und auch die von vielen andern (In Englischen Foren gefundener) lief das so:
Spoiler - English
the basic plot: avi and zack have devised a plot to take out both the mafia and yakuza without directly doing it themselves. they do this by carrying out their master con. and green is their tool in this con, aswell as the non-physical character of gold, who they manipulate.
gold represents greed, and other negative personality traits that makes us do bad things. gold is in everyone (nobody sees gold, but gold sees everyone). everytime i mention mr gold from now on in the physical sense, refer the situations connotations back to the true meaning of mr gold.
avi and zach have learnt the forumula to break free from gold, and therefore dont feel fear or greed etc. (like green after he breaks free from gold in the lift, he can walk straight past macha without being scared that there is a gun pointed at his face). ofcourse avi and zach are abusing this freedom by utilising their knowledge of gold (the power of greed = gold) to destroy people. avi and zack hire walker and her other women as representatives for gold, so he can essentially communicate to people without being seen. walker herself may be apart of the con, or she may also think that gold is a physical person and is hired unknowingly by zach and avi to do her job. either way it doesnt affect the plot.
avi and zack tell green that he has a rare blood disease and he is going to die in 3 days, but they can protect him from the mafia who are out to kill him. (sorter missing green, he could also have been manipulated by avi and zack 'i had a bad feeling') and macha being the biggest crime boss in the city wont stop at a first failed attempt. they say green will have to give them all his money. this whole concept seems ridiculous, hes going to die, yet he is going to give away his money to just stay alive for 3 more days? green doesnt want to die, and his money no longer has a use. his greed for life is more powerfull than his greed for money. think about yourself in the same situation. when green is handing over some bags of money we hear him say 'i know i cant take it with me, so why does it still hurt?'(mr green cant take his money past the grave). this is because avi and zach are helping jake green break free from his inner mr gold which has ruled his life up to this point, they are hurting mr gold by making green give away his money.
avi and zack give a load of drugs to macha in some deal (macha wants to do business with the man at the top - gold). macha knows gold is dangerous, so he doesnt want to screw up. avi and zack steal the drugs back - this makes macha angry and scared.
macha goes to lord john for last minuit drugs. macha doesnt care about the price as all he wants to do is avoid angering mr gold (mr gold doesnt give second chances). avi and zack (with green and the black woman) steal both the new drugs (from lord john) and the money from macha during the transaction.
this causes both macha and lord john (the mafia and the yakuza) to get extremely angry at each other - each side thinks the other side took their stuff in foul play. lord john uses his female assasin (the waitress) to take out macha in the restaraunt. though sorter is already there to intercept the event. macha then sends sorter to take out lord john and his men, and he does so.
after paul (macha main henchman) tortures the remaining members of the yakuza, they find they wouldnt say who took the drugs and money. This leads paul to believe that it was all greens doing. so macha sends sorter and all his mafia guys to jake greens brothers house (where they nail his hand to the table). this scene is straightforward, basically sorter believes pauls going too far and flips out and kills all machas guys in the house. sorter gets shot by the last 'goon'.
By this point in the plot, all the yakuza are dead, and there is just macha and a few of his guys left.
The scene in machas bedroom with green comes slightly earlier, but the last part all clumped together so im describing this scene here instead. we see green standing over machas bed, he is told to shoot him by avi and zach. but avi and zack know that they have damaged greens mr gold so much so far that he is ready to break free. and an order like this will tip green over the edge. we see green argue with gold inside his head, but finally he chooses to go against gold and walk away.
greens fear of elevators is significant. his head is the elevator, and mr gold is inside. he has to face his fear by going into the elevator, and at the same time face his other fear, mr gold. in the earlier scene where green zack and avi gas the yakuza and mafia and steal the stuff, we see green in the elevtaor with zack and avi. we see zack threaten green and push him up to the wall and threaten to shoot him. remember avi and zack represent green inner gold, as they have the power to maipulate anybodies mr gold. This shows that mr gold is still more powerfull than jake himself by showing zack physically restrain him. back to the current elevator scene, we see the elevator stop between floor 14 and 12. (in america they dont have a floor named 13 as they believe it to be unlucky). the 13 has cliche'd significance here. we see green face gold in the elevator, we see them argue and fight, gold getting more and more angry, but then green breaks free.
the doors open to reveal a very menecing (and slightly ridiculous looking) macha pointing a gun at green. since green is free of gold, he is free of fear. macha has a very dominant sam gold within him still (even though it is still being manipulated, but so gold has more diminance, rather than macha himself - green manipulation is the other way around). macha can't take the fact that green has absolubtly no fear of him and breaks down, unable to shoot green. machas comical apearence could be significant of green having no fear of him, so the audience can see it more clearly
somewhere along the lines around this time green donates money to a charity in machas name as a peace offering. at first macha reads the newspapers about him and loves it, well, mr gold loves it, as we hear him thinking. then walker comes in, and has a conversation insinuating that mr gold will kill macha today. we see how mr gold controls macha 'beg beg beg BEG BEG HER'. this scares macha even more, pushing him towards the point of flipping.
its then revealed that avi and zack are the inmates that green spent his jail time with. 'we arnt doing this because we like you, were doing this because we ARE you'. this isnt to be taken in the literal sense. They have helped green break free from mr gold, however avi and zack STILL represent mr gold as greens bad sides. they control him like mr gold did, hence avi saying 'we arnt doing this because we like you, were doing this because we ARE you'.
green then takes the two origonal bags of drugs to machas room. where macha has jake greens niece hostage. (its safe to say greens brother was killed, as the guy in the car who killed sorter tells macha over the phone 'im the only one left'). macha is completely oblivious to the bags green bought, this is obvious as he doesnt look at them or make any mention of them. WE see machas mr gold say stuff, though this isnt said to jake, we hear gold say it, then macha - more calmly. we see gold in histerics, shaking, crying and genuinly terrified of whats going to happen to him. but macha doesnt show this on the outside at first. notice green doesnt even have to speak to macha, he talks to his neice but thats it (i think). macha thinks hes going to die from what walker told him earlier that day. eventually the unstable dangerous mr gold mixes with the real macha, to create a quivering mess who threatens to shoot greens niece in desperation to survive.
'but he cant kill a dead man. he cant kill a dead man can he?' this is what macha/gold thinks/says. macha believes green is mr gold who has come to kill him. and essentially mr gold does come to kill him, he comes out from within him and shoots macha. ie macha shoots himself.
'the only way to get smarter is by playing a smarter oponent' - and the smartest oponent is yourself. ie he is gold, if you play against gold and win (as green did) you become a lot smarter (like zack and avi). if you play agsint mr gold and lose (like macha did) well...the reults arnt good as you can see. ofcourse green and macha didnt actually KNOW they where playing against themselves, as avi and zack manipulated them into doing so.
'the greatest enemy will hide in the last place you will ever look' - im sure you get it by now, but the last place you would ever look is in your head. and yes, mr.gold is your greatest enemy.
'and the greatest con he ever pulled, was making you believe that you where him' this is refering to mr gold making you believe that you are him. its greed taking over you, which happens. gold did it to macha.
remember, avi says the above quote, so he is obviously not mr gold.
avi and zack are real, they interact with their clients and also greens men. i hope the above expains all your questions. if i have missed out anything amazingly significant mention it and i will try to explain. does anybody still believe avi and zack are in greens head? because as you may know now, its pretty illogical for them to be fake. you could say any character in a film is fake!
hoffe das bringt euch weiter denn auch so habe ich den Film aufgefasst und war zufrieden damit :)
Zitat pb (2008-12-08 17:56:22)