Formula 51 The whole quirk-for-quirk's-sake movement has really got to stop, if only to keep us from ever having to sit through tedious movies like this. Ostensibly… Formula 51 The whole quirk-for-quirk's-sake movement has really got to stop, if only to keep us from ever having to sit through tedious movies like this. Ostensibly…
Video Review

FORMULA 51 (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Feb 04, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy; With: Robert Carlyle and Samuel L. Jackson; Distributor: Screen Gems Inc.

The whole quirk-for-quirk's-sake movement has really got to stop, if only to keep us from ever having to sit through tedious movies like this. Ostensibly about a dark-side pharmacologist (Jackson) who needs to score a deal for the ultimate drug he's invented, 51 seems to exist only to give Carlyle (who has set some kind of promise-wasted record since 'Trainspotting') a paycheck for playing an obscenity-spewing sensitive football hooligan, Emily Mortimer ('Lovely & Amazing') a way to shirk that pesky talented-actress label, and Jackson a chance to tool around England dolled up like Latrell Sprewell in a kilt.

Originally posted Feb 07, 2003 Published in issue #694 Feb 07, 2003 Order article reprints