3 "Thanks for the sugar, sugar."farnzy | 16/04/2008 | See all farnzy's reviews (164)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer Lucky Number Slevin is not as clever as it would like to think it is. The plot is interesting enough but it feels very mid 90s, like the post-Tarantino fare that went straight to video when trying to cash in on the success of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. The dialogue is sharp in places; the Lucy Liu/Josh Hartnett first meeting is excellent, but eventually it drowns in the writer's burdgeoning smugness as the plot becomes even more predictably convoluted.What saves Slevin from the bargain bin is it's A-list cast and superb director; the forgotten man of British cinema, Paul McGuigan. McGuigan's compulsive debut, Gangster No1 is one of the best first features by any director and he uses some of its visual artistry to make Sleven a joy to look at. His use of disolves and split-screen are masterful and one cant help feeling they are wasted in this film. McGuigan even has Hartnett copy some of Paul Bettany's mannerisms from Gangster No1, making you wish you were watching that movie. He also employs a wonderful sense of nostalgia with his use of gaudy interiors reminiscent of 60s caper films such as Gambit or Charade.At least McGuigan is injecting a sense of style into the Hollywood genre films he is directing-let's hope he has an opportunity to terrify an American audience with a more weighty work just as he did with his amazing debut.