Formula 51 (The 51st State)
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Formula 51 (The 51st State)
First-time screenwriter Stelios Pavlou enjoyed a major success with this script that he wrote while working in an English liquor store by sending it to actor Samuel L. Jackson, who signed on for one of the lead roles. Jackson is Elmo McElroy, a kilt-wearing, golf club-wielding Los Angeles native who has invented an illegal drug formula that he hopes will provide him with a last major score of 20 million dollars before he retires from a life of crime. He travels to Liverpool, England, where he hopes to find a buyer for his creation among the denizens of the city's rave scene, but his plans… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Excessive, profane, packed with cartoonish violence and comic-strip characters."
‑ Scott Von Doviak, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"This thing is just garbage."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Missing: plot, dialogue, characters."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Tenta desesperadamente ser um novo Jogo, Trapašas e Dois Canos Fumegantes, mas perde o jogo, trapaceia o espectador e Ú este quem entra pelo cano."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Abnormal amounts of blood, bullets and wanton bodily functions could put the ill on some unsuspecting viewers."
‑ Tyler Hanley, Palo Alto Weekly
"Director Yu seems far more interested in gross-out humor than in showing us well-thought stunts or a car chase that we haven't seen 10,000 times."
‑ Jeff Stark,
"Stars Samuel L. Jackson in the worst role of his career."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Overdirected, overacted, generally overwrought mess."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"...starts out well enough, with its quirky directorial touches and even quirkier storyline, but finally becomes just too overwhelming."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"With an unusual protagonist (a kilt-wearing Jackson) and subject matter, the improbable "Formula 51" is somewhat entertaining, but it could have been much stronger."
‑ Bryan Reesman, Citysearch
"Dull-witted caper."
‑ Justine Elias, Village Voice
"Ridiculous, dispiriting and ... coarse."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"After creating the most addictive drug known to man, Samuel Jackson and Robert Carlyle go on the run looking for a buyer in what turns out to be a joyride of a movie that takes its inspiration from similar films that have come before it."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"Elmo touts his drug as being 51 times stronger than coke. If you're looking for a tale of Brits behaving badly, watch Snatch again. It's 51 times better than this."
‑ Nick Rogers, State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
"...Reeks of a studio trying to cut its losses and make a few bucks before the stiffer competition of Oscar season arrives."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
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