Ronny Yu's FORMULA 51 is another bad Quentin Tarantino rip-off. It
completely wastes the talents of its two stars, PULP FICTION's Samuel
L. Jackson and TRAINSPOTTING's Robert Carlyle.
The plot involves a drug deal, but it is secondary to the antics of
the story's two big crooks, Elmo McElroy (Jackson) and Felix DeSouza
(Carlyle), who chew up the scenery without eliciting any laughter
from the audience. Stel Pavlou's leaden script includes such gems
as: "It's always nice to be nice." and "So how much did they pay you
to wear that skirt?" The story's running gag is that Elmo sports
a kilt and perhaps nothing underneath. This does give the movie the
chance to try something new. Elmo has a beautiful woman, played by
Emily Mortimer (LOVELY AND AMAZING), trying to look up his skirt.
With jump cuts, fast editing and lots of pyrotechnics, Yu clearly
hopes to camouflage how bad his movie is. He fails. No matter how
many time Elmo and Felix tried to one-up each other in acts of bravado,
I never cared. The only possible reason to see any of FORMULA 51
is to ogle Emily Mortimer, who is a very fetching actress. Save yourself
the money and view her picture on-line. She's cute but certainly
not worth sitting through FORMULA 51 in order to admire her looks.
FORMULA 51 runs a long 1:32. It is rated R for "strong violence,
language, drug content and some sexuality" and would be acceptable for older teenagers.
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes