REVOLVER “2005” BY GUY RITCHIE
MOVIE REVIEW BY SATCHIDANAND
“There is no avoiding the war against your Energy Blockages, it can only be postponed to the advantage of your enemy” – Machiavelli, 1502
REMOVE DEEP ENERGY BLOCKAGES – ONLY WITH ENERGY ENHANCEMENT
ENERGY ENHANCEMENT SPEEDS UP THE PROCESS OF ENERGY BLOCKAGE REMOVAL – DEEP ENERGY BLOCKAGES
– ONLY WITH ENERGY ENHANCEMENT
If you want to know about the sub-personalities of the ego which do not want to be dissolved, because the ego does need to go before the Soul can take charge as a Soul Infused Human Being, just watch “Revolver” by Guy Ritchie, produced by Luc Besson.
It was released and then re-cut and the second cut is inferior to the first cut due to losing the methodology of the con, the ponzie scheme which is at the basis of every stock market crash for the last 5000 years. Like the appearance of Russian Oligarch Abrahmovich at his Chelsea football home in Guy Richies movie, “RocknRolla”, this removed hint of Oligarchic control was too much for the censors: but due to Deepak Chopra and other professors describing the nature of the ego sub-personalities at the end of the second cut of Revolver, the movie is now more understandable from the point of view of the ego.
Every character in the movie is a sub – personality of the Ego of “Mr Green” the character taken on by Jason Statham except for Mr Gold who is the Satanic Demiurge. Ray Liotta is the Macha Gangster Energy Vampire Sub-Personality of the Violator as he cries, “Fear Me!” as he quakes in his boots.
In the second cut of the movie the end is taken up by a host of Psychology professors and Deepak Chopra who rightly bad mouth the Selfish Competitive Ego – because not one person “Got It” on the first cut.
Deepak Chopra says that, “the Ego is the Enemy” He says that, “We invented the Devil so as to blame something external, whereas the Internal Ego is the Enemy”
In this movie Guy Richie moves to the next level as Jason Statham removes the Sub-Personalities of the ego.
The First Quotation used by the movie Revolver is:
“The greatest enemy will hide in the last place you would ever look” – Julius Caesar, 75 B.C.
The second is:
“The only way to get smarter is by playing a smarter opponent.” – Fundamentals of Chess, 1883
The third reads:
“The first rule of business, protect your investment” – Etiquette of the Banker, 1775
The fourth and final one is:
“There is no avoiding war, it can only be postponed to the advantage of your enemy” – Machiavelli, 1502
As Statham’s character, Jake Green, The Green Man sub-personality of the Soul, walks out of prison, we hear him narrating, musing on his time in prison. He says “in every game and con, there is always an opponent and there is always a victim. The trick is to know when you’re the latter, so you can become the former.”
The scene then shifts, and it is two years later. Green has a crew together, and they are driving towards a casino. One of the crew asks him if he thinks this is a good idea. He says to Green that he already has more money than he can ever spend, and all he ever thinks about is getting more. However, Green replies that “he” owes both himself and the man he is talking to, and now he has to pay. It is apparently a “natural law, cause and effect.”
Dorothy Macha, “Mr D.”, the corrupt casino owner, forces Green and his crew to come upstairs and gamble against him at their table. Before getting into the lift though, Green’s character has a little internal monologue where he wonders about taking the stairs instead. He doesn’t like enclosed spaces, and says “why should a man do what he doesn’t want to do? There is always a choice.” He eventually takes the lift, however.
He shows some signs of nervousness as he rides up the elevator, – a claustrophobic sub-personality of the ego – but makes it up to Macha’s suite without issue. At the table, Macha tells him there is one question which drives all human actions, and the more someone invests in it, the more powerful they will become. The question, according to Macha is “what’s in it for me?” Macha goes on to tell Green he is a man who “needs a master, an employee”. He says he will happily remind Green of his place, the “position nature chose for him”, which contrasts well against Statham’s claim that his revenge here is merely natural law.
After winning, Green leaves. One of Macha’s men says to Green that Macha would appreciate it if he came back to the table. Green says he hasn’t finished with Macha yet, but turns to leave. On the way out, a man interrupts Mr Green and tells him he is in trouble. He gives him a card, then goes back to talking on the phone. Green hesitates in front of the lift and decides instead to take the stairs. Walking through the doors, he looks at the card as if puzzled, then collapses, falling down the stairwell. The movie quickly cuts to the man who gave him the card, smoking a cigar, then back to Green. The card says “take the elevator”.
While this is going on, Macha demands that Green be taken care of. He tells his second in command to use “Sorter and Slim Bigguns” to do a proper job on him.
Jake is told at the hospital that it is unknown what caused his fall, but they’re running tests and should have results within 24 hours. Jake’s brother leaves, and the other three members of his crew drive him home. Just as Jake is about to open his door, he sees another card on the floor, like the one in the casino. This one reads “pick me up”. As he does, a burst of gunfire hits his two crew members across the chest, killing one. Jake fires in return but only to provide cover so he can get back to the car. As they are about to go, the driver and the other member of the crew are hit, both killed. The assassins proceed to shoot up the car, until the man from the casino arrives with a semi-automatic and tells him to get in the car.
We then cut to Macha again, who expresses shock at Sorter missing, since Sorter never misses. The hitman himself finds it hard to explain, and puts it down to “something being wrong.” Sorter believes someone told him they were coming, and that something is “very wrong” here.
The driver who saved Green’s life takes him through a bar and into what appears to be a chess club, where he is introduced to a softly spoken black man going by the name of Avi. Avi tries to get Green to play a chess game, but he refuses. So Avi tells him he has his medical results from the hospital, and these results tell them he will die within three days from an ailment which will contaminate his blood and organs. Green goes to leave, but Avi tells him if he gives him thirty seconds, he can then go. Green thinks to himself “the longer you listen, the sweeter the pitch”, but sits down regardless. Avi tells him the next time they save his life it will not be for free. Avi and Zach, the driver, inform him there are conditions to his help, and they are:
He will give them every penny he has got.
He must do everything they tell him, including answering any questions they ask.
Green immediately suspects a con, but Zach tells him if he thought harder, he would realise this isn’t a trick. Avi also warns him Macha has unleashed his legions, and they can protect him. Green thinks to himself that he wont part with his cash for some “home made test results.” However, when he gets a second opinion, he finds out they were not lying.
Green then drops off the money to Zach and Avi, who it turns out are in the loan shark business. People only come to them as a last option, when they have no other choices. Avi notes, almost mockingly, that Green’s money even “smells proud”, as he takes it from him. As they drive, Avi tells him that people hate and fear them, just as he will come to hate and fear them. Furthermore, they will be using his money to help fund their operations, by loaning it out.
Avi asks Green for his history with Macha. Green tells him about the three Eddies, “flash, loud, proud and stupid”, who ran games for Macha all over the city. The Eddies knew Green could play and they needed a card man for a game, but he refused. The scene cuts briefly to show the two Eddies standing to the viewers left of Green, and one on the right. The Eddies threatened the family of Green’s brother, so he swallowed his pride and played. He won, but one of the players insulted him, so Green shot him in the foot under the table, triggering a gun fight. The money vanishes, and the Eddies threatened Green’s niece. His sister-in-law is killed, and Green spent seven years in prison because he refused to tell the police Macha organised the games. Green concludes, after telling his story that “nothing hurts more than humiliation and a little money loss.”
As Avi is meeting with some people who owe him money, Green thinks to himself “don’t try to make sense out of it, not now, because it doesn’t make sense. I just know if you start a job then finish it.”
Macha meanwhile is trying to meet with a “Mr Gold”. However he cannot. Instead, he meets with a representative of his, Ms. Lily Walker, and her entourage of eight assistants. It is very clear from their exchange that Mr Gold is the one in charge, the one laying down the ground rules. Macha is undertaking a “commission” for Mr Gold, which is selling a shipment of cocaine.
Meanwhile, Avi asks Green about his prison experience, while sitting in front of a chess board. Green recounts he had a choice in prison, 14 years of normal time, or 7 years solitary. He chose the latter. Green then moves a piece on the board. He was inbetween two other cells, one containing a chess master, the other a master conman. They communicated via the library-on-wheels that was used in the prison. They used to write ideas on chess moves or how to plan the master con in the back of books on theoretical astrophysics and the mathematics of quantum mechanics. Green read all of their notes. While recounting this, the game between Green and Avi continues. Green tells Avi their aim was to “create the ultimate con and win the ultimate game.” They believed they discovered a formula for this ultimate con. They then decided they were going to leave, and take Green with them. The next day they were gone without a trace, but Green remained. He got out two years later, but by that point the two prisoners had cleaned him out of everything he had, every secret stash of money he had hidden before doing time. All they left was a note, stating “you only get smarter by playing a smarter opponent.” Rule One. But Green had their formula, and it worked. Avi notes “it isn’t doing you much good now” and then Green checkmates him.
That night, Green wonders why they are dragging this out and making him suffer, making him pay for his own pain. A part of him dies every time he thinks about it.
Zach, Avi and Green then take part in a heist. They steal the safe where the stash of Mr Gold’s cocaine is being kept, from Macha. Macha is understandably furious and afraid, and his second in command tells him they can only get more cocaine from Lord John, an Asian organised crime leader. Macha is very unhappy with this, but has no choice. John is willing to deal, at a substantially higher price than what they got the cocaine from Gold at. Macha tells his man to deal, saying “this is Sam Gold I’ve found myself chained to, Mr Black Magic, Mr I-run-this-game Gold. Not some plastic gangster with a pocket knife for backup. Gold doesn’t give second chances Paul, I want in and I want rewards.”
Avi, Zach and Green also steal this consignment, from Lord John, as well as the money Macha intended to use to pay for the drugs. Macha is now convinced John stiffed him, and John thinks Macha stole it.
Avi and Green are playing another chess game. Zach tells him “wake up Mister Green”, just before he checkmates Avi. Avi asks him “how do you keep winning?” and Green explains: “You do all the hard work, and I just help you along. The art is for me to feed pieces to you and let you believe you took those pieces because you are smarter and I am dumber. In every game and con there is always an opponent and a victim. The more control a victim thinks he has, the less he actually has. Gradually he will hang himself. I as the opponent just help him along.”
Avi asks “so is that the treasured formula?”
Green replies “the formula has infinite depth in its efficacy and application. But it is staggeringly simple and completely consistent. Rule one of any game or con, you can only get smarter by playing a smarter opponent. The more sophisticated the game, the more sophisticated the opponent. If the opponent is very good, he will place his victim inside an environment he can control. The bigger the environment, the easier the control. Toss the dog a bone, find their weakness, give them just a little of what they think they want. So the opponent simply distracts the victim by getting them consumed with their own consumption. The bigger the trick, and older the trick, the easier it is to pull. They think it cant be that old, and it can’t be that big, for so many people to have fallen for it. Eventually, when the opponent is challenged or questioned, it means the victim investment and thus his intelligence is questioned. No-one can accept that. Not even to themselves. You’ll always find a very good opponent in the last place you would ever look.”
Green’s brother phones to tell him to get out, that the people he is dealing with are people even Gold won’t work with. “No-one lives and displeases Gold, except them. No-one sees Gold, but Gold sees everything.”
Avi and Zach try to convince Green to shoot a man who owes them money. Not kill him, just to injure. Green refuses however, and when they threaten him, he turns the gun they gave him on them. When he tries to fire it however, he discovers it isn’t loaded. Zach tells him again “wake up Mr Green”, just before Avi knocks him unconscious.
Green awakes with a phone call from Avi, telling him he has survived past his third day and is risen again. He then suggests he should get a check up, where he discovers the doctors “made a mistake” and he would be fine. Green thinks back to Avi saying “we have to assess our clients very carefully”, and to all the loans they made with his money. He then narrates “there is something about yourself that you don’t know. Something that you will deny even exists until it is too late to do anything about it. It’s the only reason you get up in the morning, the only reason you suffer the shitty boss, the blood, the sweat and the tears. It’s because you want people to know how good, funny, attractive, generous, wild and clever you really are. Fear or revere me, but please think I’m special. We share an addiction, we’re all approval junkies. We’re all in it for the slap on the back and the gold watch, the hip-hip hoo-fucking-rah. Look at the clever boy with the badge, polishing his trophy. Shine on you crazy diamond. Because we’re just monkeys in suits, begging for the approval of others. If we knew this, we wouldn’t do this. Someone is hiding it from us. If we had a second chance, you’d ask “Why?”
Sorter and Slim Bigguns are sent with a team of men to kill Green, Green’s brother and his neice by Macha, since Green’s name has been mentioned as involved in the cocaine heist. Green escapes the hit team, and makes his way back to Zach and Avi, demanding to know what is really going on.
Avi says that Green lied about the eventual fate of the three Eddies, that Macha had them dropped in cement. What really happened was they approached him the day he got out of prison, trying to kill him. However, Green promised them money if they’d let him live. They decided to let him go, and one of them took him up on the offer. A month later, he got his money back, with 3% on top. Green offers him 4% in coming months. However, Green makes deals with all the three Eddies. He’d just take the money off one Eddie, and give it to the other. They borrowed money off Macha to get even greater returns, while protecting his identity. “Always protect your investment.” The Eddies got in further and deeper. As Green got richer, he decided to take a long holiday, leaving the three Eddies high and dry. Macha lost his investment of course, and so Macha killed them. Avi and Zach congratulate on this and tell him he’s smart, but not as smart as he thinks he is.
As Macha dines in an expensive restaurant, Lord John attempts to assassinate him, with the would-be killer disguised as a waitress. Sorter shoots the waitress before she can kill Macha, then escapes through the kitchen while the restaurant explodes into chaos. Sorter exists the kitchen and shoots at the get-away car, causing it to crash, and identifies the shooter as Lord John’s man. Macha comments “ greed gets them all in the end”. After ordering his men to find Lord John and persuade him to give the powder back, the screen goes black and the quote from Julius Caesar is shown again, “the greatest enemy will hide in the last place you would ever look”.
Avi, Zach and Green are playing golf on a roof. Zach asks him what the first rule of any game, to which Green replies “the only way to get any smarter is to play a smarter opponent.” Avi asks him the second rule, which is “the more sophisticated the game, the more sophisticated the opponent.” Avi asks “they’re almost the same, but where does it stop Mr Green? Where does this game stop?” Green thinks to himself “it stops when you start to give me answers. Don’t play head games with you, Jake.”
Avi then asks “is it me playing head games with you Mr Green? You’ve heard that voice for so long, you believe it to be you. You believe it to be your best friend.” Jake remembers saying to Avi “they should believe their opponent to be their best friend.” Avi asks “where is the best place an opponent should hide?” Green remembers again, to telling Avi “the very last place you should ever look.”
Avi then asks “do you know who Sam Gold is, Mr Green? You should, because he knows who you are. He’s all up here” Avi says, pointing to his head, “pretending to be you. You’re in a game Jake, you’re in the game. Everyone is in his game, and nobody knows it. And all of this is his world, he owns. He controls it.” Green starts to hear his own voice in his head, saying he is sick of this and he’s had enough and to tell Avi to shut up. Avi continues “he tells you what to do, and when to do it.” Green starts shouting at him. Then he recalls what he told Avi, “eventually when the opponent is challenged or questioned, it means the victim’s investment and thus his intelligence is questioned. No-one can except that. Not even to themselves.”
Again, Avi continues. “He’s behind all the pain there ever was, behind every crime ever committed. And right now, he’s telling you that he doesn’t even exist. We just put you to war with the only enemy who ever existed. And you, you think he’s your best friend. You’re protecting him Mr Green. But with what? Where is the best place an opponent should hide? He’s hiding behind your pain, Mr Green. Embrace the pain, and you will win this game. If you change the rules on what controls you, you change the rules on what you control. How radical are you prepared to be, Mr Green? The more power you think you have in Gold’s world, the less you have in the real world. You are still in prison Jake. In fact, you never left.”
The selfish competitive, vain, proud ego voice in Jake’s head argues “remember who they are, Jake. Head tricksters, word-slicksters, you wanted answers and they gave you riddles. You know the rules, the longer you listened, the sweeter the deal.”
Avi goes on “he’s got all the tricks, and all the right answers.” The voice in Jake’s head argues back “don’t let them do this to you Jake, don’t let them turn you against you.” Avi then says “you don’t give because its good, you give because it hurts him.”
Guy Ritchie did Revolver when he was way into Kaballah, and it shows in the film.
this movie was, for me, the crime genre version of The Sixth Sense, in that I saw the “ending twist” coming from about 15 minutes into the film.
The Devil is in the details; God is in the nuance.
Some yahoo yelled at me, saying ‘GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH’, and I thought, “I’m feeling generous today. Why not BOTH?”
INFORMATION SO POWERFUL, YOU ACTUALLY NEED LESS.
Then after the rooftop golf scene, when everything started getting a bit psychedelic I got distracted as they started playing the track Ask Yourself from Plastikman’s album “Closer” in the background. Which surprised me cause it’s relatively obscure. But incredibly fitting to what happened, it’s a minimal ambient/techno track consisting of not much more but the throbbing hum and the slow beat you were hearing during the following scenes. Fun thing is, the original (10 minute) track also has a bunch of “internal sub personality ego monologue” voices, talking about a rather similar topic as Jake was discussing with himself during the movie, so I expected to hear the track samples every second (but they did not appear, I suppose it was Richie Hawtin himself that did the vocals).
As Avi and Green talked, Sorter was assassinating Lord John, via a hole in the wall at LJ’s nightclub.
At the end of the talk between Jake and Avi, the screen goes black, and the quote from Machiavelli is repeated: “there is no avoiding war, it can only be postponed to the advantage of your enemy”.
We see Macha, sleeping, then Jake, stood at the end of the bed, his internal ego voice asking “what are we doing here? He’s the enemy, Jake, not me.” Avi’s voice, inside Jake’s head, then repeats “you should use your perceived enemy to destroy your real enemy”. The internal ego voice urges Jake to kill Macha in a variety of ways, only to do it as quickly as possible. Jake wakes Macha up, by tapping his gun on the end of the bed.
Jake apologizes for waking Macha, and requests he listens to him, releasing a torrent of abuse from the internal voice. Jake continues however, apologizing to Macha for cheating him out of his money, and for the things he said to him. All while he is doing this, the internal voice urges Jake to shoot Macha, to kill him. Jake continues to grovel before Macha, telling him he is a man to be feared and respected, while the internal voice chides him for this. Jake then tells him he made a donation in Macha’s name, as a peace offering. He then asks Macha to forgive his stupidity, before leaving.
Before the elevator Green stops, Avi’s voice in his head telling him wherever he does not want to go, he will find “him”. Jake decides to take the elevator. Macha, meanwhile, both frightened and enraged, has grabbed a gun and is going after Jake. At floor 13, the elevator breaks down. Trapped there, the internal voice returns, telling him he is going to die there. The voice continues ranting, until we hear Jake say “I can hear you.” We then see a more panicked version of Jake, still in the lift, looking surprised, a representation of his internal voice. Jake tells his voice that he is onto him. They then argue, with the internal voice telling him he protects him and controls him and without him he would be nothing. His internal voice then rants about how Jake has been listening to the wrong people, those on the other side, the “enemy”, with more about how he controls Jake, and is his oldest friend, compared to these “newcomers”. Jake simply replies “I’m coming to get you”. After some more ranting, and a faked death, Jake denies that the internal voice is really him. Jake drops the gun and tells the internal voice it doesn’t control him, that he controls it, and then the elevator starts working again.
When the door opens, we see Macha, looking faintly ridiculous in his underwear, pointing a gun at Jake’s head. Macha says “you come to my house, with a loaded gun, you speak to me like I’m a fucking idiot. What’s your game?” He then threatens to kill Jake if he doesn’t speak. Jake doesn’t reply, and Macha steps forward, with tears in his eyes, saying “fear me.” He starts to shake. Jake does nothing, then slowly walks past, as Macha breaks down, repeating “fear me” until he is a sobbing wreck. We briefly see Macha’s second in command, with one of Lord John’s men tied to a table and spitting blood, asking where the cocaine is.
The screen then turns black, and we have yet another quote from before: “the first rule of business, protect your investment”.
Macha is shown seated as his table, still clearly disturbed from the night before. His second in command shows him the daily newspapers, most of which recount “Macha’s” donations to various charities. We then hear an internal voice in Macha’s head, telling him to take the credit, revelling in how good this all feels. Paul then tells Macha they still have a problem. Macha says he thinks otherwise, recounting his actions in Macha’s bedroom the previous night. However, Paul is certain that Green was behind the cocaine theft, and was playing mindgames. Macha’s head then flashes back to when he was ordering Green to fear him, the night before, and he grabs his head whilst shouting “shut up!” When Paul mentions Mr Gold, Macha becomes intensely fearful. Macha then orders Sorter to go “with an army” and get Jake’s brother. He is now shouting orders at Paul, nearly out of control.
Jake’s brother, suspecting something bad is about to happen, orders his daughter to hide in the cupboards. Just after she does so, Macha’s men filter in. Paul and another man start torturing Jake’s brother to get information on his whereabouts, driving a nail through his hand. Sorter stands behind the table, clearly unhappy with this entire situation.
Macha meanwhile, has taken to listening and repeating almost everything his internal voice is saying, which is driving him into paranoia. Miss Walker, the assistant to Mr Gold, returns. Macha is clearly afraid of her. Miss Walker extends a congratulation to Macha from Mr Gold, on account of the generous donation to charity he undertook. She then indicates that Mr Gold is wondering, if he can be so generous, why has he not concluded their business yet? She reminds him that Mr Gold does not give more time, nor second chances, and that he will be hearing from him again soon. She then turns to leave. The internal ego voice then returns. It prompts him to an outburst of anger, where he insults Miss Walker, who stops briefly, but doesn’t turn around and then leaves. The voice in his head then rants about how he will kill Gold if he comes there, how he must kill Gold, until the voice registers doubt, suggesting Gold might kill him first. He then rushes to take back what he said, but Miss Walker is already gone.
We are now back at Jake’s brother’s place. The torture is continuing, with Sorter getting even more agitated, until he tells Paul “that’s enough”. Paul replies “question me again Sorter, and we will have a falling out.” Sorter and Paul then both hear Jake’s niece, crying from her hiding place in the cupboards. We then get the scene described to us from a past perspective. Paul is using the girl to get to Jake’s brother, threatening to torture her (or implying he will), so Sorter shoots him in the back of the head, without warning.
Note that the Sorter sub personality is activated by the compassion of the heart, which then is responsible for the removal of all the heartless sub personalities..
Sorter then starts shooting the other men who had come with him to the flat. Sorter tries to calm the girl, and gets her to hide in the cupboard, while more of Macha’s men are running up the stairs. Sorter then starts to methodically kill the rest of the men who are invading the building, only to be killed by the final remaining gunman.
Avi, Zach and Jake, meanwhile, are visiting Macha’s casino again, and this time they’ve bought along the cocaine. While waiting for Macha to invite them up, Avi and Jake play another chess game.
While playing, Avi reveals the real heart of the movie – that the enemy talked about is the selfish competitive ego – when he says “you know what is so elegant about this little game, Jake? No-one knows where the enemy is. He’s inside of every one of their heads. And they trust him, because they think they are him. If you try to destroy him to save them, they’ll destroy you to save him.”
ENERGY ENHANCEMENT SAYS, “There is no avoiding war with the Ego, it can only be postponed to the advantage of your enemy” – Machiavelli, 1502
Avi then checks Jake, with startling ease. Every move Jake makes is checked by Avi. Jake begins to realise Avi was always in control, always letting him win. Jake also begins to realise the true identity of Zach and Avi, as the master conman and chessmaster respectively. Avi then states “we didn’t do this because we like you, we did this because we ARE you”. Jake Green, Avi and Zach are sub personalities of the Soul, untouchable by the Gold Black Magician.
Avi then suggests at the meeting that Jake give Macha what he wants, as that will make him very happy.
At the meeting, Macha is still being driven by his internal voice. His fear of Mr Gold is nearly all consuming by this point. Macha considers killing Jake’s niece, until the voice in his head suggests Gold cannot kill a dead man. Macha then kills himself. The film ends.
There are several ideas in it which are tied together in interesting ways and are pure Energy Enhancement.
“False Gold is there only because of the existence of the Real Gold!” – Tamil Siddar Thiruvalluvar
For a film with so much repetition, the most important, key line is only said once in the film. Near the end, Avi turns to Jake Green and says “You are still in prison Jake. In fact, you never left.” The prison of the Soul by the Ego. The theme of the film is that control. Methods of control we can’t see, that we are so used to that we don’t even recognise them for what they are.
Pride and Vanity
Why does Jake go after Macha? He thinks Macha “owes” him and that he “has to pay”. It is made clear by Jake’s brother that he already he has more money than he knows what to do with. Jake is looking to humiliate Macha, in his own casino, and money is a way of keeping score, nothing more.
Later on, when talking about the Three Eddies, Jake describes them in as “flash, loud, proud and stupid”. In the very next scene, Jake has two brothers to the left of him, and one on the right. Count them off, with the descriptions above. The gunfight at the card game happens because Jake was insulted, and instead of brushing it off, he got angry and shot the man instead.
As we later find out, Jake kills the three Eddies by proxy, using the con of the Ponzie Scheme which controls the whole of Modern Society – Stock Market Bubble, Housing Bubble, Forex Bubble, Dollar Bubble, Gold Bubble, Derivatives Bubble, Treasuries Bubble – to get them in deep debt to Macha, who then murders them when they lose his money, stolen by the Jake Green, The Green Man Soul. He gets his revenge, firstly and primarily against the three Eddies, who forced him to play in the first place, but also against Macha, the man behind them. But it’s not enough.
Pride is the voice in Jake’s head, the enemy he has to beat. The voice becomes most agitated whenever Jake is conciliatory, and in its dialogue with him, is almost manic in its behaviour.
Jake’s money is also his pride. Avi remarks on how “it even smells proud” after he brings it to Avi, to be given away. Jake also talks about how a part of him dies every time he gives some away.
Who is Mr Gold? Two different, but connected concepts: Satan, and ego, in the pejorative sense. Miss Walker has eight assistants accompanying her. 8+1=9, yesod, the final sephirah before Malkuth. Gold is everywhere and nowhere; he sees everyone and knows everything that is going it. It’s his game, his world. What is the Golden rule? He who has the Gold makes the rules. Gold’s product seems to be cocaine, a drug which acts on the ego, pride, vanity, and can make its users paranoid and anxious. Gold is also the predisposition towards pride and egoistical action inherent in all humans, due to our shared nature. “Mr Gold is pretending to be you.” When our pride is hurt, we often act as if we were hurt, when in fact it is only a single facet of our mind, driving those reactions. The ego can give commands, but there is no reason the rest of the brain has to obey them, except through inherent or situational weakness.
Jake said “we’re all approval junkies”. And what exactly does approval appeal to? Ego gratification.
Gold doesn’t deal with Zach and Avi. He won’t touch them; they’re not part of his game.
Zach and Avi
Zach is intuition. He is the gut feeling that saves Jake on at least one occasion. When he ignores Zach in the casino, he ends up falling down the stairs instead of merely collapsing in the lift. When he pays attention to the note left at his front door, conversely, he narrowly escapes assassination by Sorter. But intuition is by nature reactive, and can only be helpful when dealing with immediate events. Zach is also the master conman, and manipulation of people in a con game relies on intuitive feelings as to how easily they can be manipulated, how to best get what you want out of them. It’s a tactical sense of awareness, but it needs something far more long term to work with.
Avi is intellect. Avi is the one who explains why they are doing what they are doing to Jake, who plays chess with him, who tells him what Gold’s game is. Avi is, as we recall, the chess master, chess being a game that can only be excelled at if you have an aptitude for long term planning and logical, if somewhat abstract thinking. Avi is also often shown to the left of Jake, with Zach on the right. The left pillar in Kabbalah represents the feminine principle (Avi is rather effeminate), the colour black and is headed by Binah, or understanding. Zach, by contrast, represents the right pillar, which is headed by Chokhmah, meaning wisdom and intuitive knowledge.
The rules of the con easily apply to the world in which we live. All sorts of people have an interest in controlling, using and misleading us in order to profit (in various ways) from our mistakes and misunderstanding of the world. The best methods to achieve this, however, are those which already exist in our heads, our latent tendencies to act in particular ways in particular situations which can be anticipated by sufficiently amoral individuals for their own purposes.
Applying the rules
However, knowing the rules also allows one to use them on themselves, to “pull the wool over their own eyes” to better understand how others do it.
The greatest enemy will hide in the last place you would ever look. – Julius Caesar, 75 BC
In the mind itself, that is the last place most people would look. You are your own greatest enemy. You know your own weaknesses and how to manipulate yourself better than anyone, and if one particular drive (such as pride) wants something in particular, then it knows the buttons to push to get them.
The only way to get smarter is by playing a smarter opponent. – Fundamentals of Chess, 1885
Unless you master your own mind, you have reached the limits of your potential. You can only go so far without addressing the inherent flaws that exist in your psyche. To get better, you need to confront your own failings and psychological frailties best done with a smarter opponent, One who has walked the Path, an Enlightened Guru.
First rule of business, protect your investment. – Etiquette of the Banker, 1775
What is your investment? your Ego. Your autonomy. Your ability to reason, analyze and outthink others. Alternatively, your beliefs are “your” investment. Your beliefs will be used to manipulate you, because you will always act to protect them.
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of your enemy. –Niccolo Machiavelli, 1502
The more you attempt to put off the struggle with your ego and pride, the more you avoid the painful process of sorting your head out and breaking the mental chains that have built up, the more entrenched they will become, and the more natural they will feel, until you are unable to distinguish between your ego/pride sub-personalities and your Soul self.
“From now on, I am bending all the rules, because desperate men do desperate deeds.” Jake is only willing to bend the rules once he is threatened with death, once he is desperate. “The word for Samurai is Desperate” He is not willing to do what is necessary at any time before then.
“The more control the victim thinks he has, the less control he actually has.” The seeds of every person’s destruction are sown by them. In an environment they think they control, they let their guard down; they act without suspicion, they become gullible and easy. Society as a whole gives people enough rope, in the form of freedom, to hang themselves – to allow themselves to be killed by the Satanic forces.
“The opponent simply distracts their victim by getting them consumed with their own consumption.” The basis of the con is appealing to people’s ego and greed. In that sense, a con game appeals to the victim’s own ego desire for consumption. However, this is also a not very subtle reminder of consumer society, where the aim is getting the victim or customer, preoccupied with consumption and with varying brands of almost indistinguishable products. It also indirectly relates back to ego gratification and pride, in that we often identify with the products we buy, and define ourselves by these possessions and what they signify.
“The bigger the trick and the older the trick, the easier it is to pull, because — 1. They think it can’t be that old, 2. They think it can’t be that big.” There is no bigger and older trick in the world than false organised religion created by the illuminati – The cult of Appollo, Satanism, Isis, Osiris, etc – and the curious pride that being one of the “saved” engenders. False, created Religion is the oldest con game both in the conventional sense and in the sense of being a framework whereby we are psychologically manipulated and controlled, often without realising it.
“False Gold is there only because of the existence of the Real Gold!” – Tamil Siddar Thiruvalluvar – Yes, the real Religion Exists!!
“When the opponent is challenged or questioned, it means the victim’s investment and thus his intelligence is questioned, no one can accept that.” Grounding Negativity, removing the Energy Blockages is the great enemy of pride and ego. Checking using the Energy Enhancement Seven Step Process, what you know and your own skills kills the ego very effectively, but is so very hard to do, since few people know the Techniques of Energy Enhancement and therefore can really do it properly, can really accept such self-interrogation of their value.
“Embrace the pain and you will win this game.” Ego loss and the swallowing of pride are painful. It sets you against yourself, makes you unstable and question your every action. However, the only way previously to put a leash on your ego and self-destructive tendencies is to go through this painful process. However, Energy Enhancement teaches the painless Process of the superior man which makes this process easy!!
“If you change the rules on what controls you, you will change the rules on what you can control.” Putting a leash on the ego opens up new opportunities, new possibilities. You won’t be motivated by anger and minor slights, nor will mental weaknesses like paranoia and anxiety have such a hold on you. You are either an opponent or a victim. By refusing to be controlled, you change status from the former to the latter.
“The more power you think you have in Satanic Gold’s world, the less power you have in the real world.” The most powerful are invariably tools of even more powerful people, or to their own innate drives. Macha, for example, ran many illegal games in town, but he was still nothing, a gnat, compared to Mr Satan Gold, the Demiurge. Power in Satanic Gold’s world derives from what he is willing to give you, to allow you to have. And there is always a price attached with such power. In the real world, the only power you truly have is that which you derive from your own Enlightened Soul skills and innate cunning, which Gold cannot give or take away. It’s the only thing which you can take with you when you die.
THE PERFECT ENEMY.. “Use your perceived enemy to destroy your real enemy.” “Enemies” are useful, in that truly dangerous ones brook no mistakes and will destroy you if you slip up. Even so, they are not as dangerous as the enemy inside your own head. Perceived enemies keep you sharp, in that allowing ego or pride to enter the equation when going up against them is signing your own death warrant. You therefore use your perceived enemy to keep your pride and ego in check. In Jake’s case, apologizing to Macha is the ultimate act of liberation, as it involves absolutely no pride or ego whatsoever. After he has killed his ego, fear has no hold on him, even when Macha brandishes a gun and threatens to kill him.
Macha’s victory over Soul, Green Man, Jake, and the donation in his name to charity, feed his pride and ego. Macha was already a very prideful, violator sub-personality, but now we get to see inside his head. He is extremely angry and indecisive, looking to strike out because of his internal confusion. Macha threatens Gold, but his own internal voice, the Mr Gold inside his head, suggests Gold might get to him first. At the end, Macha loses, because even though he gets the cocaine back, he hasn’t broken Jake Green, and his position as a tool of Mr Gold has only been reconfirmed. His suicide is an act of shame, born of pride and ego, as he cannot handle this failure.
And another false Ego Sub-Personality bites the dust!!
As the Soul Personality Cuckoo throws another false ego sub-personality out of the nest.
“There is no avoiding war against the Selfish Competitive Ego, it can only be postponed to the advantage of your enemy” – Machiavelli, 1502
I watched to movie today and it just blew my mind away. It is a real masterpiece of art and I don’t understand why most of the people think it’s garbage. The main idea of the movie – take your ego away and then you will have true power! This was the main battle at the end of the movie and Guy Ritchie has shown that in a magnificent way. “The greatest enemy will hide in the last place you will ever look” – do you remember this from the movie? Because our true enemy is in us – it is our ego… That voice that always tells us that we are important, that gives us our pride, that tells us not to give, but only to take, that creates our aggression, that wants to be in control, that creates all the negative feelings and thoughts. Guy Ritchie expressed this idea in an astonishing way and has shown that the only way to gain true control is when you loose control and you just let go of your personal importance. A superb movie!
Having read the reviews for this film, I understandably started watching it with a great deal of doubt in my mind that it would actually be any good. However, this is one of the best films i have seen in a long time. The majority of reviews that i had read, said that the complicated plot made it too hard to follow. And whilst some parts do leave you confused, the ending ties up so many loose ends that you feel like kicking yourself because you’ve missed so much. It’s not like “Lock, Stock…” or “Snatch”, in the sense that it isn’t that funny (in fact, it’s pretty dark), and it is a lot more intelligent, in the way that you see parts of scenes from different viewpoints (and, in one of the best scenes of the film, Jason Statham spends five minutes in a lift having an argument with himself). The way in which it is similar to the two films i just mentioned, is that it is full of memorable characters, specifically Statham, who gives a fantastic performance as the lead, and Ray Liotta, who spends most of the film in Speedos, but gives a great performance none the less. If you’ve got time, and have time afterwards to think about the film, and even watch it again, you really start to see all the symbolism and hints that are laid out through the film. I think it’s fantastic, and that Guy Ritchie is a director on top of his game.
I’m giving ten out of ten it’s one of the best movies ever. Absolutely smashed, stunned and dazed by the whole picture, marvellous playing of Jason Statham, Ray Liotta and all the crew, amazing plot… Just look into yourself and pluck up your courage to admit-it touched your soul, because it’s strange, but there are all the answers you’ve been ever looking for… The very best, mr. Ritchie! THE VERY BEST EVER. Those who were looking for a simple figtings and skirmish keep yelling they are disappointed. But there are lots of shallow movies in Hollywood nowadays, you can’t remember what it was about the next day you had seen it. On the contrary, Revolver is unique, I could have hardly expected it’s possible to portray such a clear and genius picture of myself, of everyone who was to watch it. Absolutely unsurpassed, astounding, dazzling… One can get insight watching this, I have no doubt about that. Actually, no words can express my admiration… I’m still wondering how it was possible to shoot such a movie after years of giddy Hollywood rubbish we had been watching. Thank you from all heart, it’s simply the best.
Reading the reviews from the Toronto festival I thought Ritchies new ‘G’ movie was gonna be a Swept away 2, but I watched it last night AND ITS THE BEST FILM I’ve EVER SEEN ITS WILD. Reading other peoples reviews I feel like I watched a different movie. Anyone who hasn’t watched it make your own mind up go see it trust me, anyone who has already seen it watch it again or wait for DVD. it truly is a classic. I don’t know if Mr. Madonna wrote this himself as its nothing like the witty Snatch dialogue it’s POETIC (especially Jake’s voice over), the acting, which is still in Ritchies LS2SB style yet more mature (which I feel he pulls off), the look, the feel, the fancy cutting, music and i don’t even need to mention the concept, the hidden meanings, the stuff in the BG. Maybe it does have a few Kabbala references but so what!!, me and my friends talked about the film for 3 hours afterwards never have I discussed a film this much before (and no I’m not a film student) between us we worked out Sam Gold is like Kaiser Soze except he doesn’t have a limp or cripple hand and you see him a few times in the last quarter of the movie (if you watch closely!), Ritchie has turned a movie into a Game you either get conned and don’t understand it or you play along and enjoy the ride (nobody likes to get conned which would explain why people who don’t get it slate it) what i most liked is GR gives you all the set ups but its up to you as the viewer to put the puzzle together he only answers 1 question which i think he should have also left blank (Zack & Ave) people will soon start copying this concept of cinema interaction (like they copied to death his LS2SB style) as I for one am fed up with the likes of Tom Cruise saving the world. REVOLVER***** God Damn Genius
I saw Sherlock Holmes a couple of months ago and it was very good. I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed that and my friends were raving about Guy Ritchie’s style of film-making. So, now I wanted to see Ritchie’s previous works & rented out Snatch last week as it was 135 in the top 250 of IMDb. I have to say I was very impressed. Now, I rented out Revolver last night even though it only has a 6.2 rating here. I didn’t know anything about it and I think it was a very good effort on the part of Guy Ritchie to not make this into a comedy gangster movie, like his other works, which are wonderful by the way. I had to see the film two times to completely understand the plot, which was confusing at times.
Jake Green (Jason Statham) has been released from prison, where he has spent some years because of Dorothy Macha (Ray Liotta). But, he did solitary in prison and has been released earlier than Dorothy was expecting. And Dorothy knows come will come after him. Green cons Dorothy early in the film and there he meets Zach who works with Avi. Then he finds out he has a rare blood disease which will take his life in three days. Avi says he can help, but he would have to bleed Jake Green dry of his money. Green is a great player at chess, which he became better at in prison with the two men who lived beside his solitary confinement room. They had taught him how to con, how to get better at conning others and loads of advice about life. Now, Jake has to save his own life and find out for himself whether Avi and Zach are real con artists or not. And is who is Mr. Gold? Is he the one who is behind all this?
The film opens with four or five opening sayings which will tell you the path the movie takes. Well, the meaning was gloriously lost upon me as I didn’t think it would be anything worth remembering later on in the movie. The scene in the lift at the end was my favorite part. Mr. Gold is an enigma, no one really knows what he looks like, but everybody is afraid of him. Moving on, I think Guy Ritchie is enchanted by the name of Avi, as he has used it in Snatch also. Anyway, this film is about letting go of your ego, your own self-importance and living without fear in the face of death. In the hindu religion all the 7 sins take the form of humans and wreak havoc in the world. Likewise, ego is manifested inside Jake Green’s head. Like with all of Ritchie’s works, the film is highly stylish, visually dynamic and the dialogues, even though not funny, are simply superb. Guy Ritchie just became one of my favourite directors ever. Statham is one of Ritchie’s favourite actors as anybody can tell and the man gives a fabulous performance. He is one of my personal favorites also and the hair suits him quite well. Mark Strong, as the sharp shooter and Ray Liotta are also amazing. Ritchie is an awesome filmmaker, but this film is not everyone’s cup of tea. For me, this was awesome. My favorite scene is the one in the elevator in the climax, in which he battles with his ego for control over his own mind.
I have seen quite a few of the users moaning about how they didn’t get it, and if they did get it, they found it to be boring as this isn’t Ritchie’s brand of film that they are used to. Just because Ritchie made a huge name for himself with funny, cockney films, doesn’t mean he can’t be deep without being pretentious. Trust me, this will get better with repeated viewings.
I gave this film a 10 out of 10 because it is more then just a film. It’s a innovative look into the human psyche through the majesty of film. Though there are many people who don’t understand the true underlying complexity of this film, it is still (in my opinion) one of the greatest films of all time. Movie wise, it was decent, the actors chosen were well suited for their part, the basis for the movie was a little unoriginal, but all and all it was a solid movie, that is if you only watch it in a film analyzing sense. If you take the time and think about the concepts and the psychology behind the events that took place and the reality of the whole movie then it can be quite a life altering film. After viewing I spent much time pondering the true meaning of this movie, and the ideals it lays down. The concept that there is a subconscious being or person with in our mind, aka our ego, implanted there through the corruption and deviance of society, that tells us what to do, how to act, and makes us believe what it or society finds acceptable is what we ourselves find acceptable is an astonishing revelation. To think that in reality we hate no one and are the enemy of no one, and that the only real enemy is the unsatisfactory traits of our ego or traits our ego decides are unsatisfactory or harmful laced upon certain people in society. We may not hate ignorant people, but our society born ego may hate ignorant people and there in tell us that we hate ignorant people and fooling us into believing we actually hate ignorant people. The movie truly is a revelation and a movie I believe is sorely underrated and largely misunderstood by the masses.
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“Ah Ritchie’s made another gangster film with Statham” thought the average fan, expecting another Snatch/Lock Stock; expecting perhaps a couple of temporal shifts, but none too hard for “me and the lads” to swallow after a few beers.
Ah, pay attention, you do need to watch this film. No cups of tea, no extra diet cokes from the counter, no “keep it running” shouts as you nip to the fridge – watch the film! No laughs other than those you may make yourself from the considerable violence (and if that floats your boat, so be it) but sharp solid direction, excellent dialogue, and great performances.
My favourite – Big Pussy from The Sopranos, always a reliable hood.
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I thought the movie was sheer genius from the first time I watched it. Seems like it’s more humbling with every watch. I’m not really concerned with it’s hints to “Kabbalah”. The ideals the film propose get in your head, you are on a journey learning just like Mr. Green. I have never been a fan of said “ego” but even if you feel like you don’t have an ego you still do. It’s like the film tears you down and makes you rethink aspects of you.
A lot of people would say, “You are silly. How could a work of fiction have such an effect on you?”
I feel that everyone should watch this movie in a way. I just hate the fact at the end of the day a lot of people aren’t going to get it. So, many might feel you talked them into watching a “boring” movie, or hell they might think it was an entire waste of time. I’ve learned to find things out for myself about movies. I avoided Fight Club – another great movie about split sub personalities for almost a year after it’s release because some one said it was stupid. So, hard to understand how many refuse to see what’s in front of them. They are looking for explosions, love, lust or aliens.
If you are a thinking person and want to think give this movie a watch. If you like it and have thinking friends let them have a watch. I feel this is the best acting in Jason Statham’s career. Till this movie I thought he was only good at playing the same cocky guy he is in every movie. To think this movie is shy of a masterpiece is bad thinking.
OK… this movie so far has been slated by critics and board-posters alike (although playing devil’s advocate you could suggest that critics are often people who didn’t make it for themselves as film-makers, and board posters are often people who didn’t make it for themselves as critics) so I wanted to sit in Guy’s corner with the magic sponge to perhaps reach maybe a couple of the people who’ve decided not to see the film based on how everybody seems to be looking down their collective nose of approval at it.
The film’s biggest flaw in earning wide support is how unexpectedly complex it is. This has been described many times as as making the film “inaccessible” to the viewer. The film’s chronology is relatively non-linear and the characters are used as not only a means of storytelling but as a device for showing us the subtle (or not so subtle) hints of bias we give things as we commit them to memory, IE. Ray Liotta’s character brandishing a gun saying the words “fear me” is portrayed as both tragically pathetic (from Statham’s POV) or interrogating and bold (from Liotta’s POV). This is but one example of Ritchie’s far more mature approach he has taken to film-making with Revolver, we have a storyline which is pretty archetypal (the strong but silent gritty anti-hero gets released from jail with a score to settle but gets drawn inadvertently into a world of corruption… I mean it’s paint by numbers film noir here guys, all the way down to the vague poetic choice of diction and the gritty voice-overs) but then Guy has taken this framework to make a number of extremely philosophical and complex points.
Take the scene where Jason Statham’s character runs afoul of a car. This throwaway sequence could have been omitted from the film and made no difference to the story whatsoever… but Ritchie is making point about how such little chance happenings such as receiving a phone call can make the difference between life and death.
So the final act of the movie is pretty mind boggling, I’d be taking the p*ss if I said I didn’t spend the last 20 minutes or so of the film turning to my date going “uh… wtf?”… but that is the shoddiest reason to disregard a piece of art. It is far too easy to dislike something because you find it hard to understand. And even easier to say “well nobody else seemed to understand it so it must be a real turd of a film!”. In my humble opinion, Revolver is a stylish, complex and mature piece of modern art which should be greeted with the same manner we would give the work of the Saatchi Brothers. If we choose this opportunity to collectively say “Ah sh*t, I wanted a film about a load of bleeding’ cockney gangsters in-nit loll… Guy Ritchie is a tit!” then the day will come when film-makers are allowed only to make that which is expected of them by shallow, crappy people. Just because Guy made a name for himself with funny, cheeky cockney romps, doesn’t mean he can’t be deep without being “pretentious”. Funny people can be thoughtful too.
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First of all, when people hear ‘GUY RITCHIE’, they immediately think of SNATCH. Yes, Snatch was a good movie, but the problem is that everyone associates Guy Ritchie to Snatch. They don’t expect him to explore new frontiers. This movie REVOLVER is different than snatch; it’s much darker and is very complex. The reason I gave a rating of 10 is because I’ve had to watch Revolver 3 times to understand everything. So this movie toys with your head. It’s very cleverly written.
This movie is different than Snatch. It was done wonderfully, the cinematography is beautiful, and you can recognize Guy Ritchie’s personal touch (style of directing) in it.
What won me over was the complexity of the protagonist and how we are left with more questions than answers.
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