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Wildly entertaining but riddled with as many plot holes as bullets, Formula 51 (a.k.a. The 51st State) is a love-it-or-hate-it action comedy that plays like Tarantino on the Thames. It's a raucous hash, highlighted by the sheer pleasure of Samuel L. Jackson--in a kilt, no less--strutting his stuff among denizens of the British underworld. As freelance chemist Elmo McElroy (whose tartan attire remains glibly unexplained), Jackson is perfectly teamed with The Full Monty's Robert Carlyle in a scam involving Elmo's latest pharmaceutical concoction, which promises to yield a fortune on the rave scene. This attracts a loopy British kingpin (the outrageous Rhys Ifans), Elmo's vengeful ex-boss (Meat Loaf), a corrupt cop (Sean Pertwee), and a lovely assassin (Emily Mortimer) with a soft spot for Carlyle. They're all given generous helpings of Stel Pavlou's profanely zesty dialogue, and director Ronny Yu strikes a breezy balance between rampant hilarity and blood-splattering violence. If that's your cup of tea, Formula 51 guarantees a satisfying buzz. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby


Samuel L. JacksonElmo McElroy
Robert CarlyleFelix DeSouza
Emily MortimerDakota Parker
Meat LoafThe Lizard
Stephen WaltersBlowfish
Sean PertweeDetective Virgil Kane
Ricky TomlinsonLeopold Durant
Rhys IfansIki
Michael StarkeArthur
Paul BarberFrederick

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  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Ronny Yu
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 92 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 18, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 2, 2003
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