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51 st State
Director: Ronny Yu
Samuel L Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer
Meat Loaf, Sean Pertwee, Ricky Tomlinson.
92 minutes
Friday 7th December
18 cert camera
51st State
Samuel L Jackson and Robert Carlyle stand in 51st State

A witty, hugely violent action comedy, "The 51st State" takes a huge American star and sticks him in Liverpool with bloody but funny results. In this film Samuel L Jackson gets back to some ass whuppin', à la "Pulp Fiction".

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Jackson plays Elmo McElroy, a kilt-wearing, golf-obsessed illegal chemist who arrives in Liverpool to clinch a $20 million drugs deal with local baron Ricky Tomlinson.

Unfortunately, his old Stateside boss, the Lizard (Loaf), has sent Emily Mortimer's skilled assassin after him. Teaming up with Yank-hating small-time hood Felix De Souza (Carlyle), McElroy must seal the deal before anyone can off him, sidestepping local skinheads and Sean Pertwee's bent copper along the way.

Sound silly? Well, of course it is. But that's largely its strength - here's a British flick gleefully unconcerned with plausibility, yet just as determined to entertain you.

Writer Stel Pavlou's Tarantino-esque dialogue is good, but it's Hong Kong director Ronny Yu who makes it work. Splicing the action together with his trademark zeal, frenetically pounding the story onwards, Yu doesn't give the audience time to think, let alone pick holes.

It's all a little overwhelming in the opening 20 minutes, but once it settles down, "The 51st State" becomes quite irresistible. The culture clash interplay between Jackson and Carlyle is a joy, with Jackson relishing some killer one-liners while strutting round Merseyside in a kilt. Why? Best not to ask. Just enjoy.

"The 51st State" opens in UK cinemas on Friday 7th December 2001.

Reviewed by Nev Pierce, BBC Films.

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