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Image from the movie Revolver.
Watched Revolver (directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Jason Statham) last night. Can't decide if it's one of the most brilliant movies I've ever seen, or one of the most... um... flawed. Maybe it's both.
The movie opens with four quotes. I've been Googling a bit trying to find them, but I can't seem to find a single web page with all them together, so here they are:
“The greatest enemy will hide in the last place you would ever look.”
—Julius Caesar 75 BC
“The only way to get smarter is by playing a smarter opponent.”
—Fundamentals of Chess 1883
“First rule of business, protect your investment.”
—Etiquette of the Banker 1775
“There is no avoiding war, it can only be postponed to the advantage of your enemy.”
—Niccolo Machiavelli 1502
Later on in the movie, near the end, these two additional quotes appear:
“The only real enemy to have ever existed, is an eternal one.”
—The Road to Suicide, pg 1, line 1
“Your friends are close, but your enemy is closer.”
—The Road to Suicide, pg 1, line 2
Mind you, these are the official black background quotes (or aphorisms if you prefer) that appear throughout the flick. There are plenty of other great lines said by the characters. In particular is this gem, spoken by Mr. Green:
“One thing I've learned in the last seven years: in every game and con there's always an opponent, and there's always a victim. The trick is to know when you're the latter, so you can become the former.”
The movie rattled my brain a bit, and, as of yet, I am unable to recommend it to all but the most daring (and open minded) of viewers. If you do happen to summon the courage to see it through, I'd love to hear what you think of it.
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