When a Russian mobster orchestrates a crooked land deal, millions of dollars are up for grabs, and all of London’s criminal underworld wants in on the action. Everyone from a dangerous crime lord to a sexy accountant, a corrupt politician and down-on-their-luck petty thieves conspire, collude and collide with one another in an effort to get rich quick.
Gerard Butler (“300,” “Nim’s Island”) stars as One Two, a street-smart mobster who has learned to play both sides of the fence. Tom Wilkinson (Oscar-nominated for “In the Bedroom” and “Michael Clayton”) stars as the lethal head mobster, Lenny Cole, part of London’s old mob regime, which is quickly losing ground to the wealthier foreign mob. Thandie Newton (“Run Fatboy Run,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”) stars as One Two’s love interest, Stella, a smart and sexy accountant with ties to the underworld. Idris Elba (“28 Weeks Later,” TV’s “The Wire”) stars as Mumbles, who is One Two’s partner. Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (“Crash,” “Fred Claus”) stars as Roman, an American trying to break into the music scene in London. The film also stars Jeremy Piven (TV’s “Entourage”).
This movie has a couple of good themes spaced out too far apart. One theme is that greed is something that is nearly impossible to stop and if it’s not stopped, there is a steep price to pay. Another one is that the way we treat people does have more of an influence on them than we might initially realize. In this film the example given is how Lenny treated Johnny.
Gerard Butler (from the Dove approved film “Nim’s Island”) is a strong presence in the picture as One Two, a street-wise mobster who plays off both sides, good and bad. And yet the aforementioned themes and Butler’s performance are not enough to recommend this movie, not with over 90 F bombs in language, not to mention it misses our mark in the sex, violence, drugs and nudity content ratings. Therefore, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie.