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FORMULA 51

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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

The whole quirk-for-quirk’s-sake movement has really got to stop, if only to keep us from ever having to sit through tedious movies like this. Ostensibly about a dark-side pharmacologist (Jackson) who needs to score a deal for the ultimate drug he’s invented, 51 seems to exist only to give Carlyle (who has set some kind of promise-wasted record since ‘Trainspotting’) a paycheck for playing an obscenity-spewing sensitive football hooligan, Emily Mortimer (‘Lovely & Amazing’) a way to shirk that pesky talented-actress label, and Jackson a chance to tool around England dolled up like Latrell Sprewell in a kilt.

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