Formula 51

Theatrical Release: October 18, 2002
Formula 51


Elmo McElroy (Samuel L. Jackson) a master chemist working for the drug dealer, Lizard (Meatloaf), comes up with a special formula for a new drug he calls POS 51. Elmo plans to get out from under Lizard and make his own deal for the new drug. He travels to Liverpool, where Felix (Robert Carlyle), an errand boy for local dealers, picks him up for negotiations. But it hasn’t been Felix’s day, since his dim-witted partner killed the chemist hired to verify Elmo’s drug. Further complicating his day, Lizard initially sends Dakota (Emily Mortimer) to kill Elmo, but changes the order to protect him. Dakota, or Dawn as Felix knew her, is an old girlfriend and assassin who never misses. When Dakota kills off his buyer, Elmo looks for a new deal and Felix introduces him to Iki (Rhys Ifans). But the deal could go sour when Lizard shows up to deal with Elmo personally.

Dove Review

What could have been a fun story along the lines of THE STING, bogs down in gory violence and a torrent of obscenities. Along with multiple shootings, McElroy feeds some skinheads a pill that gives them violent diarrhea and another character literally explodes from taking the wrong drug. McElroy celebrates his purchase of a Scottish castle by shedding his kilt and walking across the lawn naked. It truly is ‘the end’ of the movie. Over two hundred obscenities, gross and gory violence, drug use and a graphic sexual encounter equal the wrong formula.

Content Description


Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 87 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Movie Morality Ministries - Paul Bicking