Slevin is one of the nascent Weinstein Company's initial forays into the indie-hip territory that was emblematic of the Weinstein brothers' glory days at Miramax. It's a little bit Pulp Fiction, with a dash of The Usual Suspects and a pinch of North by Northwest. "It's nice to pay tribute to those movies, without completely ripping them off," says McGuighan, the Glasgow director who helmed the tough-talking Gangster No. 1. He says Jason Smilovic's fast-moving script initially attracted him to the project; the cast (which includes Bruce Willis as a hitman and Lucy Liu as a nosy neighbor) sealed it. "I wanted to make the dialogue a character," he says. "It's a very heightened story. I felt like I was making a stage play at times." See Film for review.
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