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->''People ask the question... what's a [=RocknRolla=]? And I tell 'em - it's not about drums, drugs, and hospital drips, oh no. There's more there than that, my friend. We all like a bit of the good life - some the money, some the drugs, other the sex game, the glamour, or the fame. But a [=RocknRolla=], oh, he's different. Why? Because a real [=RocknRolla=] wants the fucking lot.''
--> --Archy

''[=RocknRolla=]'' is the fifth film by British director GuyRitchie. Much like ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', ''Film/{{Snatch}}'', and ''Film/{{Revolver}}'', ''[=RocknRolla=]'' is a crime film set in the London underworld, populated with colorful gangsters. Actors include Creator/GerardButler, Creator/IdrisElba, Creator/TomHardy, Creator/ThandieNewton, and Tom Wilkinsen.

Lenny Cole is a powerful underworld figure, who, through an immense web of bribery, controls most of the land deals in London. A Russian businessman by the name of Uri seeks his services in procuring the permits to build a new stadium, which would take nearly a decade otherwise. However, their mutual accountant, Stella, is plotting to rip both of them off. With the aid of a trio of local hoodlums known as "The Wild Bunch" -- One-Two, Mumbles, and Handsome Bob -- she twice steals the seven million Euros intended for Lenny's payoff. The first time goes off without a hitch. The second time doesn't quite go as planned. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity]] (and [[SoCoolItsAwesome awesomeness]]) [[HilarityEnsues ensues]].

In the midst of it all, is a (presumably rare and valuable) painting that holds sentimental value for Uri. It is stolen by Lenny's estranged son, Johnny Quid (the eponymous [=RocknRolla=]), and both of their respective [[TheDragon Dragons]] (Victor for Uri; Archy, TheNarrator, for Lenny) are following a trail of junkies and hustlers in order to find it.

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!!This Film provides examples of the following Tropes:

* AnArmAndALeg: Uri, though we can't be sure if it is to be taken literally.
* ArmourPiercingSlap: Archy's expertise; so powerful, it can even make you flashback to grade-school!
* BadAss: Archy and Johnny Quid, both in their own interesting ways.
* BadassLongcoat: Archy wears a black one.
* TheBeard: Stella, to her gay lawyer husband.
* BerserkButton: Uri ''really'' loves that painting. Johnny Quid and Archy both get very angry when they are lied to.
* BreakTheHaughty:
** [[spoiler: Lenny]]
** Possibly also [[spoiler:Stella.]]
* BulletproofVest: To a ridiculous degree. One of the Russians gets shot about six times with a big machine gun, and is up chasing the Wild Bunch on foot for a prolonged period moments later.
* ButtMonkey: Quite a lot of characters are this, but the highlight is definitely poor Bandy, who screen time always consist of him being slapped.
* ChaseScene: A particularly long and epic one.
* ClusterFBomb
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: It's a Guy Ritchie movie. It pretty much goes without saying.
* DragonAscendant: [[spoiler:Archy]], if the ending dialogue is anything to go by.
* DrugsAreBad: Johnny's drug-induced fit has shades of this.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Councillor.
** Among his many other bribes, Lenny gives him a thousand-Euro lighter (actually worth about a hundred) that's inscribed "THE COUNCILLOR".
* FaceCam: When One-Two is fleeing the scene of the second robbery.
* FemmeFatale: Stella. [[spoiler: Deconstructed]]
* {{Gayngster}}: [[spoiler: Handsome Bob]]
* GenreSavvy: Johnny Quid's speech about what would happen to him, Roman, and Mickey after they got out of the elevator with Lenny's thugs implies this trope. Or that Johnny Quid knew how his father's Mooks work. Either way, he ended up saving their asses by doing so.
* GoryDiscretionShot: When Uri [[spoiler: finds his "lucky painting" in Stella's house]], the audience doesn't see what happens next, but considering he leads a branch of TheMafiya, it's probably not very nice.
* HoneyTrap: A mild version; [[spoiler:Handsome Bob]] puts the moves on Stella's husband in order to get information about the mole who's been informing to the cops. Subverted since Stella knows about her husband's proclivities, and really doesn't care (and is, in fact, off with One-Two at the same party.)
* HuskyRusskie: See the entry below.
* ImplacableMan: The Russian mercenaries.
** Justified in that the Wild Bunch were using rock-salt shells, and the Russian's were wearing bulletproof vests. After One-Two hits one in the head with a two-by-four, he backs off.
* LastRequest: Well, technically Handsome Bob wasn't dying when he made of request, but since he was so devasted about the impending jail time, One-Two let him have [[spoiler: the lovely slow dance in a gay club. When he finds out that Handsome Bob didn't go to jail after all, his colleagues tease him about this.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: It's a Guy Ritchie movie. It pretty much goes without saying.
* LogoJoke: Spray-stenciled by Johnny.
* LondonGangster: Where would a Guy Richie film be without several of these? Tom Wilkinson plays the ShoutOut to the Krays, as per usual.
** There is another shout out to "the Jew twins" who Lenny [[spoiler: put in prison for a lengthy turn after betraying them.]]
* MacGuffin: The painting. We only get to see the back of it.
* MadeOfIron: The Russian spetznaz. They survive their car being smashed by a truck, being shot, hit with bats and golf clubs, being thrown off the the hood of a car when it crashed, and still chase after the Wild Bunch in a prolonged chase scene. Lampshaded when Butler's character asks "What are these guys made of?!"
--> '''Mumbles''': ''[after hitting one with a baseball bat. Twice]'' ''Please'' stay down!
* TheMafiya: Uri and Victor and heavily implied to be gangsters trying to go legit.
* TheNarrator: Archy.
* NobleTopEnforcer:
** In comparison to the seemingly heartless Lenny Cole, Archy definitely qualifies as one of these. Of course, that doesn't mean that he's a ''nice'' man. Just ask [[spoiler:Lenny]].
** Uri's [[TheDragon dragon]], Victor, might qualify as well. It is mentioned by one of the Indestructible Russians that Victor saved his life during the war.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Uri. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Abramovich How did they not get sued?]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Several, with the Russians beating Lenny and Johnny attacking a bouncer being good examples. (We don't see all of Johnny and the bouncer, but it ''starts'' with [[ThePenIsMightier Johnny jabbing the bouncer in the throat with a pencil]], and it just goes from there.)
* OhCrap: When the Russian gangsters just will not go down, there is a great one after one of them jumps onto the car. He puts the knife through the ceiling, after which One-Two stops the car. As everyone is thrown forward, One-Two ''just'' avoids having his face cut open by the potruding knife, and his face very much says this. After they see the Russian's other hand and knife coming for them over the bonnet, the entire Wild Bunch is afflicted by this trope:
--->'''One-Two:''' ''Abandon ship! Run for your lives!''
* OverlyLongGag: Archy teaching Danny [[SeriousBusiness how to slap someone properly]].
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Lenny is constantly griping about immigrants (even when the people in question are native Brits) and tossing around less than politically correct terms.
* RussianGuySuffersMost: Subverted. Being former ''Spetznaz'', they can take it.
* SequelHook: Johnny Quid drops the hint that he wants to be [[TitleDrop a REAL RocknRolla]] like Archy and the credits promise Johnny Quid, Archy, and the gang will be back in "The Real RocknRolla". Ritchie wrote a script for a sequel, but says that it's been sitting on the shelf while he deals with bigger projects.
* SerialEscalation: On a meta level. LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels focused on working class criminals, with a less-than-a-million pound fee at stake. ''Film/{{Snatch}}'' was middle class and dealt with the diamond business. Here, it's about what Archy calls "the good life:" rock and roll, fancy houses, and millions of euros being thrown around.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll are not all there is to being a [=RocknRolla=], but they're important parts.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Johnny's piano song is very peaceful and calming. Meanwhile, [[spoiler: Lenny is getting the tar beat out of him.]]
* TheStinger: During the end credits, the full scene of One Two dancing with Handsome Bob at the gay bar is shown.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: The Russians.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The junkies. "Selling stolen fur coats in the middle of summer, would not seem unusual to the average junkie mind."
* TitleDrop: Three times, not counting Archy's dialogue in the beginning.
* TooDumbToLive: Stella, Stella, Stella. Ripping off seven million dollars from her employer once was incredibly dangerous and foolhardy (and if Uri had listened to Victor, suspicion would have fallen on her almost instantly), but then she does it ''again'', once more only evading being traced as the security leak because Uri likes her too much to suspect her. [[spoiler: Ironically, while her plan did get Victor waiting for a reason to act against her, what did her in was simple bad luck of accepting the painting from One Two and leaving it out where Uri could see it...although not realizing it was Uri's lucky painting if she's been working with him all this time is arguably ALSO too dumb to live.]]
* TheUnreveal: Uri's painting is never revealed. The most we can tell is that it's got a black field, glimpsed when the junkies sell it. Of course, the prop is probably just a blank, black surface.
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