Search - Formula 51 on DVD


Formula 51
Formula 51
Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer, Nigel Whitmey, Robert Jezek
Director: Ronny Yu
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2003     1hr 32min

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 ...  more »
     
     

Larger Image

Movie Details

Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer, Nigel Whitmey, Robert Jezek
Director: Ronny Yu
Creators: Andras Hamori, David Pupkewitz, Eli Selden, Jonathan Debin, Julie Yorn, Malcolm Kohll, Stel Pavlou
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Samuel L. Jackson, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/04/2003
Original Release Date: 10/18/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 10/18/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 4
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Similar Movies

The Long Kiss Goodnight
Director: Renny Harlin
   R   1997   2hr 0min
Ravenous
Director: Antonia Bird
   R   2005   1hr 41min
Us Marshals Real Story
3pc
Director: Stuart Baird
   PG-13   2004   2hr 11min
The Hunted
Fullscreen
   2003
187
Director: Kevin Reynolds
   R   2000   1hr 59min
   

Similarly Requested DVDs

Burn After Reading
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
   R   2008   1hr 36min
   
Push
   PG-13   2009   1hr 51min
   
Mr Brooks
Director: Bruce A. Evans
   R   2007   2hr 0min
   
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Director: Sidney Lumet
   R   2008   1hr 52min
   
10000 BC
Director: Roland Emmerich
   PG-13   2008   1hr 49min
   
Chaos
Director: Tony Giglio
   R   2008   1hr 46min
   
Sleepy Hollow
Director: Tim Burton
   R   2000   1hr 45min
   
Jumper
Director: Doug Liman
   PG-13   2008   1hr 28min
   
The Brothers Grimm
Director: Terry Gilliam
   PG-13   2005   1hr 58min
   
Next
Director: Lee Tamahori
   PG-13   2007   1hr 36min
   
 

Member Movie Reviews

K. K. (GAMER2012)
Reviewed on 10/8/2016...
I'm a big Samuel Jackson fan so this movie caught my interest. It started out very strong, the middle stalled and the ending had a nice twist. Worth the watch.

Movie Reviews

A Matter of Taste
C. A. Luster | Burke, VA USA | 05/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This will appeal the most to people that like the unusual gang movies like "Get Shorty", "The Usual Suspects", "Snatch", "Weekend at Bernies" and "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels". It has a nice story twist at the end, great acting, good action, unusual dark comedy, and much more. I can't sit through two hours of just bloody gang movies, I can if they have some comedy. This one definitely has a nice comedy touch with a good ending. The irony is when a pharmacist is busted for smoking marijuana right after he graduates college and it ruins his chance to go legitimate, he takes the pharmaceutical version of illegal drugs to a new level. A must see for people that enjoy the movies I mentioned before."
[3.5 stars]-Samuel L. Jackson in a Kilt!.....now that's funn
Jenny J.J.I. | That Lives in Carolinas | 08/15/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This film is all about style, humor and pace and not about character or plotting. In this regard it is an enjoyable ride, albeit a silly and energetic one. The hyper directing from Yu really suits this and he does well even if he is not really very original in regards his shots etc. The editing fits with the formula set by Ritchie and is pretty much what you expect. What makes the film stand out from the rest of the copies is that it actually is quite good fun to watch (as opposed to some copies that are just cheap and nasty) - never hilarious but it is energetic enough to pull you along with it no matter how silly it gets. Of course it has weak points - a few characters are too daft and, whenever the overall plot is the main focus then it struggles.

Despite this the cast do well to keep things moving and they play a massive part in making this work. Jackson may not be doing anything new or wonderful here but he is key to the film working and he is worth every penny they must have paid him. He has great presence and he brings a lot of fun and energy to the film in a way that his lesser co-stars cannot. Carlyle is a good actor but he pales in comparison to Jackson in this - he isn't helped by the awful accent he is lumbered with and the fact that he is a little irritating. Mortimer is annoying as her character is just daft in the context of the plot, but not as annoying as Meatloaf who is easily the worst thing in the film. The support cast includes reasonable turns from Pertwee, Ifans, Tomlinson and Barber but this is Jackson's film 100% and it is difficult to imagine it being as enjoyable without him.

`Formula 51' a.ka.'51 States' moves fast, slick, and clearly had a bit of cash thrown at it and, apart from a handful of stupidly silly moments, is actually quite fun to watch - even if it is almost instantly forgettable. The cast includes quite a few well-known faces but it is the great presence of Jackson (who looks like he is enjoying himself in an undemanding role) that makes this worth seeing. If you are a fan of Snatch and Lock Stocking, you will definitely recognize the ingredients of this movie.
"