History Film / The51stState

15th Feb '17 3:27:19 PM Mdumas43073
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Known as ''Formula 51'' [[MarketBasedTitle in the United States]], this is a 2001 British film about a pharmacologist named Elmo [=McElroy=] attempting to peddle the formula for a new drug he's created called POS 51, which he claims is "fifty-one times more powerful than cocaine, fifty-one times more hallucinogenic than acid, fifty-one times more explosive than ecstasy."

When the deal goes wrong and everyone involved ends up dead, he realises that his ex-boss, whom he thought he'd already killed to prevent him seizing the drug for himself, is very much alive and would like revenge. Assisting his boss is Dawn/Dakota, the expat ex-girlfriend of his British contact, Felix [=DeSouza=]. Assisting neither party and trying to help himself is the highly CorruptCop Virgil Kane.

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Known as ''Formula 51'' [[MarketBasedTitle in the United States]], this is a 2001 British action-comedy film directed by Ronny Yu and starring Creator/SamuelLJackson.

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about a pharmacologist named Elmo [=McElroy=] (Jackson) attempting to peddle the formula for a new drug he's created called POS 51, which he claims is "fifty-one times more powerful than cocaine, fifty-one times more hallucinogenic than acid, fifty-one times more explosive than ecstasy."

When the deal goes wrong and everyone involved ends up dead, he realises that his ex-boss, a drug kingpin known as "The Lizard" (Music/MeatLoaf), whom he thought he'd already killed to prevent him seizing the drug for himself, is very much alive and would like revenge. Assisting his boss the Lizard is Dawn/Dakota, ProfessionalKiller Dakota (Emily Mortimer), the expat ex-girlfriend of his British contact, Felix [=DeSouza=]. [=DeSouza=] (Robert Carlyle). Assisting neither party and trying to help himself is the highly CorruptCop Virgil Kane.
Kane (Sean Pertwee).
10th Jan '17 8:19:52 AM TrueBlue170
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* FakeAmerican: InUniverse, Dawn speaks with an American accent when she's actually from Liverpool.
16th Jun '16 1:47:26 PM lorgskyegon
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* JerkassWoobie: The skinheads. Pretty much every scene they're in shows them taking damage due to their own recklessness and stupidity. Of course, they're Nazis so you don't really feel bad for them.
24th Oct '15 2:09:22 PM NTC3
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2nd Sep '15 8:58:52 PM lorgskyegon
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* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: When the corrupt cop Kane is trying to track Elmo from the airport, he tells his subordinate to look for "a large black man wearing a dress" as reported by his American contact. Unfortunately for the subordinate, in front of Elroy arrive several Middle Eastern men in thawbs (a flowing robe that resembles a dress), several Polynesians in lava-lava (a long cloth worn like a wraparound skirt similar to a sarong), and several Africans wearing dashiki (a long shirt reaching mid thigh or knee). Kane tells the subordinate to follow them all, who then follows them ''in front'' of Elmo.
3rd Jul '15 4:22:14 AM jormis29
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* DramaticGunCock: "Take a puff on this!"

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* FantasticDrug: POS 51, a drug that is 51 times as potent as other drugs.
4th Apr '15 5:14:10 AM Morgenthaler
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Intriguingly, RottenTomatoes indicates that more top critics appreciated the film than regular critics, with averages of 50% and 26% being given respectively. However, the film flopped in theatres, recovering only about half it's $27 million budget. Turned out it was BetterOnDVD, with a final verdict of 4 out of 5 stars on Netflix.
20th Mar '15 12:51:46 PM aurast
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When the deal goes wrong and everyone involved ends up dead, he realises that his ex-boss, whom he thought he'd already killed to prevent him seizing the drug for himself, is very much alive and would like revenge. Assisting his boss is the Dawn/Dakota, the expat ex-girlfriend of his British contact, Felix [=DeSouza=]. Assisting neither party and trying to help himself is the highly CorruptCop Virgil Kane.

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When the deal goes wrong and everyone involved ends up dead, he realises that his ex-boss, whom he thought he'd already killed to prevent him seizing the drug for himself, is very much alive and would like revenge. Assisting his boss is the Dawn/Dakota, the expat ex-girlfriend of his British contact, Felix [=DeSouza=]. Assisting neither party and trying to help himself is the highly CorruptCop Virgil Kane.
13th Jan '15 2:35:55 PM Kalaong
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-->'''[=McElroy=]''': [[spoiler:''This is the most expensive '''candy''' on the market. The drug's a fake, you know. It's bogus. It's what we chemists call a '''[[PlaceboEffect placebo]].''' It's whatever you want it to be. You can run all the tests you want. It will look like the best shit in the universe. But the ingredients, they cancel each other out.'']]

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-->'''[=McElroy=]''': [[spoiler:''This is [[spoiler:''...the most expensive '''candy''' on the market. The drug's a fake, you know. It's bogus. It's what we chemists call a '''[[PlaceboEffect placebo]].''' It's whatever you want it to be. You can run all the tests you want. It will look like the best shit in the universe. But the ingredients, they cancel each other out.'']]
1st Jan '15 11:31:51 AM nombretomado
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* CastingGag: The film's idea was conceived of before Creator/SamuelLJackson made it big, with LaurenceFishburne being considered for the role of Elmo. See ShoutOut for the gag.

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* CastingGag: The film's idea was conceived of before Creator/SamuelLJackson made it big, with LaurenceFishburne Creator/LaurenceFishburne being considered for the role of Elmo. See ShoutOut for the gag.



* ShoutOut[=/=]TakeThat: [=McElroy=] offers the skinheads a [[Film/TheMatrix red pill or blue pill]] in a combined shout out to the film, CastingGag relating to the original idea of LaurenceFishburne for his role, and take that to fans who keep mistaking Jackson for Fishburne. Iki also references ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' when explaining that the twenty pieces of paper he has in his hands (bonds) constitute £20 million, since he doesn't want to heft gold bars around.

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* ShoutOut[=/=]TakeThat: [=McElroy=] offers the skinheads a [[Film/TheMatrix red pill or blue pill]] in a combined shout out to the film, CastingGag relating to the original idea of LaurenceFishburne Creator/LaurenceFishburne for his role, and take that to fans who keep mistaking Jackson for Fishburne. Iki also references ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' when explaining that the twenty pieces of paper he has in his hands (bonds) constitute £20 million, since he doesn't want to heft gold bars around.
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