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Formula 51 ( 51st State, The ) (2002) Movie Information

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Ronny Yu


Samuel L. Jackson
Nigel Whitmey
Robert Jezek
Emily Mortimer
Meat Loaf
Jake Abraham





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A master chemist runs afoul in America and decides his wares will be better off in England where he hopes to make a tidy sum on Formula 51 - a new drug that offers the highest of highs.

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As my circle of friends refer to this: "Shaft Goes to College" (for some reason or another). This is a fish-out-of-water, whatever-can-go-wrong-will-go-wrong film filled with double crosses, wacky misadventures and such. OK, not great.

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02/12/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The 51st State" by Yojimbo

A kilt wearing American pharmacologist comes to Liverpool to sell the formula for a new kind of street drug, but his former employer sends a hitwoman after him to ensure he fails. The 51st state is very frustrating to watch as I couldn't help feeling that there was a decent film in there somewhere trying to get out. The problem with it is its unbelievable lack of subtlety; it's over directed to the point where it feels like a clip show for CSI: Miami on crack, the constant, overly intrusive MTV soundtrack is abysmal and the constant stream of wacky comedy criminals made it feel like "Carry On Gangsters". Samuel L. Jackson is always watchable when he's allowed to strut his stuff and Robert Carlyle gets more tolerable as the film goes on, but its scattershot approach means that it misses th...

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