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  • Summary: Elmo McElroy (Jackson) is an American master chemist who heads to England to set up his last big deal, the introduction of a new designer drug to the European underworld. When he hooks up with a Liverpool local (Carlyle), his plans quickly go awry in this action-packed comedy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 29
  2. Negative: 20 out of 29
  1. 75
    It is possible, however improbable, that a "bad" movie can still be highly enjoyable. Formula 51 is such a film.
  2. A formula flick. And the formula is not 51 times more entertaining than usual. Maybe 1.5, at best.
  3. A messy fish-out-of-water gangland romp.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeff Stark
    30
    If explosive defecation is your idea of a laff riot, this picture -- and the Headrillaz soundtrack, by extension -- should be perfect fun.
  5. Only Emily Mortimer maintains a measure of dignity, playing the slinky assassin named Dakota. Whether her restraint was by her design or the filmmakers', she'll come to appreciate that she all but disappears amid the caterwauling and purging of a story that should have died in Liverpool.
  6. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    20
    There's an appalling amount of talent at waste up on the screen, starting with Jackson and Carlyle whose tall/short, silent/motormouth double act never clicks.
  7. Stars Samuel L. Jackson in the worst role of his career -- one hopes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. AlexF.
    Aug 1, 2006
    10
    Formula 51 is an amazing movie. I think the diorector was right to pick Samuel L. Jackson to cast as Elmo McElroy.He is the greatest actor of Formula 51 is an amazing movie. I think the diorector was right to pick Samuel L. Jackson to cast as Elmo McElroy.He is the greatest actor of all time. Expand
  2. Nel
    Mar 26, 2006
    10
    Very funny movie. Good soundtrack rave dance.
  3. MichaelB.
    Oct 8, 2005
    8
    Meat Loaf was the only upset of this movie. He should stick to singing.
  4. Josh
    Sep 30, 2008
    8
    A surprise hit for me, with some good funny moments.
  5. DanaS.
    Feb 3, 2008
    8
    Funny and very clever.
  6. Nov 4, 2010
    7
    Man makes "legal high", crime boss wants formula, man goes to England to sell formula, things go wrong.
    Loud, crass yet entertaining
    Man makes "legal high", crime boss wants formula, man goes to England to sell formula, things go wrong.
    Loud, crass yet entertaining comedy-action film set in and around Liverpool & features a very strong cast. Did come across as a bit of a poor man's "Lock Stock" & does wander into cliché territory now and then but does have a number of funny lines & moments. Stand-outs are definitely Rhys Ifans, Sean Pertwee & Meat Loaf all hamming it up although not sure about Robert Carlyle & Emily Mortimer's Scouse accents.
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