Owen Gleiberman
November 01, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Formula 51

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
92 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/18/02
performer
Robert Carlyle, Samuel L. Jackson, Rhys Ifans, Meat Loaf, Emily Mortimer
director
Ronny Yu
distributor
Screen Gems Inc.
author
Stel Pavlou
genre
Comedy, ActionAdventure
We gave it a C

It should have been called Lock, Stock and Two Wilting Barrels. Samuel L. Jackson, wearing cornrows and a kilt (don’t ask why — there is no why), is a genius chemist who has devised a formula for the ultimate drug. The shiny blue pills he has concocted promise the user a wilder buzz than cocaine or heroin, yet they’re forged entirely out of substances that can be bought over the counter. Formula 51, likewise, has been cobbled together out of some very routine ingredients, only in this case the result is unlikely to get you very high.

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