In a classic case of mistaken identity, a man (Josh Hartnett) is confused with the friend whose apartment he is staying in, and forced by a gangland boss (Ben Kingsley) to assassinate the son of his arch enemy. But perhaps this seemingly random stranger is not quite as unlucky or as unknowing as he initially appears… –tribute.ca
A native of Scotland, Paul McGuigan was a successful photographer in Glasgow before branching out into television commercials and documentary films, including Football, Faith and Flutes, about religion and soccer in Glasgow; and Playing Nintendo With God, about children with AIDS. In 1998 he won the Best Newcomer Award from the Royal Television Society for his short film, The Granton Star Cause. He expanded this into a trilogy based on stories by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and released it as his first feature length film, The Acid House (1998). The movie won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Stockholm Film Festival, the AMC Audience Award and the Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver at Fantasporto and was named Best Film at the New York Underground Film Festival.
McGuigan next directed the controversial Gangster No. 1 (2000) starring Malcolm McDowell and Paul Bettany—which both dazzled and disturbed audiences with its darkly violent tale of a criminal in London. McGuigan’s… read more
Could've been 20-30 minutes shorter and could've then been great. The Lucy Liu character could've been cut entirely. I'm a fan of twisty crime narratives with a sense of humour, so I wish I'd totally fallen for this movie. It's still good, though; it's well-directed and the screenplay works for the most part. The major twist is easy to guess at once the final act is underway, but it's still well-done.