51st State, The (2001)

Nice Wheels. Dirty Deals. And One Mean Mother In A Kilt.

Original Title : 51st State, The
Director : Ronny Yu
Writer : Stel Pavlou
Genre : Action
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Mark Aldridge , Stephanie Davis , Jonathan Debin , Andras Hamori , Samuel L. Jackson , Malcolm Kohll , Seaton McLean , Stel Pavlou , David Pupkewitz , Eli Selden , Julie Silverman
Music : Headrillaz
Casper Kedros
Darius Kedros
Photography : Hang-Sang Poon
Distributor : Alfa Films [ar]
MPAA Rating : Rated R for strong violence, language, drug content and some sexuality.
IMDB ID : 0227984
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ÂSamuel L. Jackson Elmo McElroy
ÂNigel Whitmey L.A. Highway Patrol
ÂNigel Whitmey L.A. Highway Patrol


Elmo McElroy (Jackson) is a streetwise American master chemist who heads to England to sell his special new formula - a powerful, blue concoction guaranteed to take you to 'the 51st state.' McElroy's new product delivers a feeling 51 times more powerful than any thrill, any pleasure, any high in history. But his plans for a quick, profitable score go comically awry when he gets stuck in Liverpool with an unlikely escort (Carlyle) and his ex-girlfriend (Mortimer) and becomes entangled in a bizarre web of double-dealing and double-crosses.


B*ll*cks not the dogs B*ll*cks! This smacks of a type of film that we are seeing far to much of these days. We seem to be getting movies made with large groups of good actors who are in vogue but with lousy scripts and plots. After watching this Charmless film you have to ask ,why did Sam l Jackson take on this role ? It's not Funny , it's not interesting and it certainly wont make money , especially in the US . The Americans wont understand most of the accents and dialogue and even if they did they wont like the film anyway. This film tries so hard to be funny but ends up being offensive and irritating. Lets face it , 90 minutes of listening to scouse accents is enough to make anybody switch off.The start is promising but the film by the minute ,offends the viewer to the point that the pathetic ending comes as a relief . The only two good points i can find from the film is that the lad who plays the skin head is frightenly good and that Emily Mortimer looks great in leather.Thats all. 3 out of 10.
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