Directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Andre Benjamin and Vincent Pastore.

Don't get your hopes up for another Guy Ritchie foray into the world of gambling and gangsters with a killer script and jaw-dropping plot twists, 'Revolver' is possibly the most disappointing movie release of the year.

The prospects looked brilliant, with Jason Statham, veteran of the Ritchie hits, taking the lead role as a nemesis to gang boss Ray Liotta. The story has all the trademarks of Ritchie's earlier cult classics 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' and 'Snatch', with heists, double crosses and gambling cons all present.

Unfortunately Ritchie has tried so hard to make the plot as complicated and sophisticated as possible that he has left the audience in confusion as to what is really going on.

The basic plot is that Jake Green (Statham) has just been released from seven years of jail having taken the blame for one of gang boss Macha's (Liotta) gambling schemes. While inside, he learned the formula for the perfect con from two fellow inmates.

Following his release he pays a visit to Macha's casino for revenge and publicly cleans him out in a game of chance. Macha orders his men to dispose of Green, but he is rescued by a suspicious duo that offer him protection in return for everything he owns. Green is reluctantly forced to accept.

From here the movie descends into farce as Ritchie attempts to introduce too many new elements to the plot at the same time and the twists are never clarified so that the story can continue with ease. The audience are never given enough information to make their own deductions and all you can do is speculate on what may have actually occurred (and not in a good way like after 'The Usual Suspects' or 'Fight Club').

There is evidence that Ritchie has not completely lost his way from his earlier releases. The dialogue is good in places and the use of a voiceover is, again, well done. He gets the most out of his cast but that's not what lets this movie down.

The attempt to bring his successful production methods to an American setting seems to have removed Guy Ritchie from being in touch with his audience and as a result the plot has a hint of being thrown together as the movie production gathered pace.

Do not expect to sit back and enjoy another classic Ritchie take on the world of gambling, violence and drugs if you go to see 'Revolver'. This is his weakest effort ('Swept Aside' (sic) excepted) to date.

Patrick Kennedy