Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Guy Ritchie|
|Produced by||Steve Clark-Hall
|Written by||Guy Ritchie|
|Narrated by||Mark Strong|
|Music by||Steve Isles|
|Editing by||James Herbert|
|Studio||Dark Castle Entertainment
Toff Guy Films
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||114 minutes|
RocknRolla is a 2008 British crime film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, and starring Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Strong, Toby Kebbell, Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Karel Roden, and Thandie Newton. It was released on 5 September 2008 in the UK, hitting #1 in the UK box office in its first week of release.
In London, the British mob boss Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) rules the growing real estate business using a corrupt Councillor (Jimi Mistry) for the bureaucratic services and his henchman Archy (Mark Strong) for the dirty work. The main characters are introduced in Archy's opening voiceover (who acts as the narrator). A billionaire Russian businessman, Uri Omovich (Karel Roden), plans a crooked land deal, and London's crooks all want a piece of it. Other key players include the underhand accountant Stella (Thandie Newton) and ambitious small-time crook One-Two (Gerard Butler) leading a group called the "Wild Bunch" which includes Mumbles (Idris Elba) and Handsome Bob (Tom Hardy).
Uri Omovich meets Lenny for a real estate business and Lenny charges €7,000,000 for the deal; Uri accepts, calls his accountant Stella to launder the necessary funds and lends his lucky painting to Lenny himself to bring success and fortune to their mutual business. Stella, however, double-crosses Uri and tips off to One-Two and the rest of the Wild Bunch to steal the money, while, at the same time, the lucky painting is stolen from Lenny's wall by his junkie rocker stepson Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell), who disappears yet again.
In an attempt to find Johnny, Lenny and Archy enlist his managers Mickey (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges) and Roman (Jeremy Piven) to help track him down (yet again, as it was spoken that it is the third time that year that he disappeared). In order to gain leverage over them, Cole's men make it clear that their concerts and clubs will be shut down on purpose if they do not comply.
Meanwhile, after Uri's money is violently stolen by the Wild Bunch a second time from a pair of Russian bodyguards, his assistant Victor begins to suspect that it is Lenny who has been stealing the money and purposely keeping Uri's painting from him to resell it. This theory enrages Uri, who lures Lenny to a private golf game in order to break his leg, warning him to return his painting without delay.
Coincidentally, Cookie buys Uri's lucky painting from some crackheads who had just stolen it from Johnny's hideout. Cookie then gives the painting to One-Two who, in turn, offers the painting to Stella (after a sexual encounter) as a token of appreciation for the work she has provided the gang. After Stella leaves his flat, One-Two is tracked down by Uri's henchmen and is about to be tortured but is rescued, and then kidnapped, by Archy and his goons who had come to his home upon finding out One-Two was involved in stealing Uri's money.
Uri makes a decision regarding Stella, whom he has been smitten with for a long time. He arrives at Stella's house to seal their arrangements while also asking her to marry him, but spots his lucky painting in Stella's living room. On being asked how long she's had it, Stella lies and says she has had it for years, not knowing it is actually his. Uri, enraged by this and realizing that Stella betrayed him, orders Victor to kill her.
Meanwhile, Archy brings Johnny, the Wild Bunch, Mickey, and Roman to Lenny's warehouse, where Johnny begins to verbally provoke his crippled stepfather. Just as Johnny is about to reveal a damning truth about Lenny in front of everyone, Lenny shoots him in the stomach. Lenny then orders that Johnny be taken downstairs and executed. He angrily demands that the Wild Bunch tell him where Uri's money is. Handsome Bob calls out to Archy and offers the documents in his jacket pocket, confirming what Johnny had been about to reveal: that the "rat" in the ranks, codenamed "Sidney Shaw", was Lenny all along. Lenny arranged with the police to routinely throw many of his associates in prison for years at a time in order to secure his own freedom and sow fear among his gang. One-Two, Mumbles, and even Archy were among the people Lenny has informed on over the years. With the information brought to light, Archy orders Lenny's men to free the Wild Bunch and angrily oversees Lenny's execution by drowning him in the pool.
In the lift on their way to their deaths, Johnny graphically explains to Mickey and Roman that they will be executed, and the manner of their executions. His description unnerves the man who's to execute the 3 men, prompting him to make a move prematurely. Having also already anticipated this move, Johnny warns Mickey and Roman to intervene and kill their would-be executioner. Johnny shoots two more men waiting at the top of the lift. They overcome the last of the gangsters (with the help of the Wild Bunch) and escape.
Later, Archy picks up a rehabilitated, but still eccentric, Johnny Quid from rehab. Archy gives Uri's lucky painting to Johnny as a peace offering and "welcome home present", which Johnny happily accepts. Archy reveals to Johnny that obtaining the painting "cost a very wealthy Russian an arm and a leg". The film closes with Johnny proclaiming that, with his new-found freedom from addiction and his father, he will do what he could not before: "become a real RocknRolla". The end credits suggest there will be a sequel titled The Real RocknRolla.
- Mark Strong as Archy, Lenny Cole's right hand man and the film's narrator.
- Tom Wilkinson as Lenny Cole, a head mobster part of London's declining old school mob regime.
- Toby Kebbell as Johnny Quid, a musician and Lenny's estranged, drug-addicted stepson. It is implied that he faked his own death after anticipating that the news of his demise would cause his music sales to go up.
- Gerard Butler as One-Two, a Scottish mobster who is a leader of The Wild Bunch.
- Tom Hardy as Handsome Bob, a member of The Wild Bunch who is a closeted homosexual and has a semi-secret crush on One-Two.
- Idris Elba as Mumbles, One-Two's partner and a member of The Wild Bunch.
- Karel Roden as the Russian business oligarch Uri Omovich, who is based on Roman Abramovich.
- Thandie Newton as Stella, Uri's accountant and One-Two's love interest.
- Dragan Mićanović as Victor, Omovich's right hand man
- Matt King as Cookie
- Geoff Bell as Fred
- Ludacris as Mickey
- Gemma Arterton as June.
- Jeremy Piven as Roman
- Jimi Mistry as The Councillor
- Robert Stone as The Nightclub Bouncer
- Jamie Campbell Bower as Rocker
In May 2007, director Guy Ritchie announced the production of RocknRolla, a film with a similar theme to two of his previous films, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000). RocknRolla, written by Ritchie, was produced by Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment, Ritchie's own company, Toff Guy Films, French company StudioCanal and distributed by Warner Bros.. The following June, Ritchie hired the cast for RocknRolla, and filming began on location in London on 19 June 2007. Two scenes were filmed at Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire; the opening scene on the grass tennis courts, and the round of golf which takes place on the 21st green with the impressive clubhouse in the background.
Critical response 
Critical reaction to the film has been mixed, with 59% positive out of 134 reviews on the film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. The website Metacritic, which compiles and then aggregates major film critics' reviews, gave the film a 53 out of 100, which is categorized as having mixed or average reviews.
IGN gave the film a positive review with four out of five stars, saying "[Guy Ritchie is] hardly re-inventing the wheel with this movie, but RocknRolla is nonetheless a comedy thriller that is every bit as accomplished as his early work, and without doubt a witty, adrenalin-fuelled blast from start to finish." Roger Ebert gave the film three stars, stating that "It never slows down enough to be really good, and never speeds up enough to be the Bourne Mortgage Crisis, but there's one thing for sure: British actors love playing gangsters as much as American actors love playing cowboys, and it's always nice to see people having fun."
Box office 
The film hit #1 at the UK box office in its first week of release.
|Soundtrack album by Various artists|
|Released||30 September 2008|
|Genre||Rock, reggae, garage rock, funk, indie rock, hard rock, Latin, beat|
|Guy Ritchie film soundtracks chronology|
- United Kingdom edition
- "Dialogue Clip: People Ask the Question" - Mark Strong
- "I'm a Man" - Black Strobe
- "Have Love, Will Travel" - The Sonics
- "Dialogue Clip: No School Like the Old School" - Various Artists
- "Bankrobber" - The Clash
- "The Trip" - Kim Fowley
- "Dialogue Clip: Slap Him!" - Various Artists
- "Ruskies" - Steve Isles
- "Outlaw" - War
- "Waiting for a Train" - Flash and the Pan
- "Dialogue Clip: Junkies" - Various Artists
- "Rock & Roll Queen" - The Subways
- "The Gun" - Lou Reed
- "The Stomp" - The Hives
- "We Had Love" - The Scientists
- "Dialogue Clip: Sausage & Beans" - Various Artists
- "Mirror in the Bathroom" - The Beat
- "Funnel of Love" - Wanda Jackson
- "Such a Fool" - 22-20s
- "Dopilsya" - Sektor Gaza
- "Negra Leono" - Miguelito Valdés
Newton revealed that Ritchie stated that he hopes to extend RocknRolla into a trilogy, in the event that the film receives enough positive attention. At the end of the film there is a title card stating "Johnny, Archy and the Wild Bunch will be back in The Real RocknRolla". According to both the audio commentary and an interview with Ritchie, the second film has been written and is awaiting studio approval.
In a 2011 interview, promoting Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, when asked about a possible RocknRolla sequel, Ritchie said "You know, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it! I’ve written a script, I think it’s a great script, and Joel (Silver) wants to pay for me to do it. But up until now we haven’t had the time to do it. It’s sitting there and we’d all like to do it, it’s just a question of when we’re going to fit it in. So we’ll wait and see." He also mentioned that as long as Warner Bros. keeps throwing him "big movies like the Sherlock Holmes films and The Man from UNCLE, then it may not be happening soon."
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