5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and complex
Four eastenders trying to make a fast buck (in their case pound) gambling, get into trouble and try to get out of it by stealing some weed. They obtain to "Old" guns to help them. They don't know it but these guns are expensive antiques. Wonderfully complex story with a great ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "What did you shoot him with, an air rifle?"
There are two types of cinematic criminals - the suave and smooth experts embodied by Newman and Redford in "The Sting," and . . . the other kind. Guy Ritchie's "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" is a film about those "other kind" of criminals.
Three friends fund a poker player named Eddie (Nick Moran) in a high stakes game with a local gambler named Hatchet Harry...
Published on July 20 2003 by Steven Y.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and complex,
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This review is from: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Widescreen) (DVD)Four eastenders trying to make a fast buck (in their case pound) gambling, get into trouble and try to get out of it by stealing some weed. They obtain to "Old" guns to help them. They don't know it but these guns are expensive antiques. Wonderfully complex story with a great ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and unpredictable,
This review is from: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Widescreen) (DVD)We don't typically like R-rated films. We have found a lot of violence and sex to be cover-ups for a lack of plot. In this movie, the violence is done in a very British, Monty-Pythonish way (as opposed to a Texas Chainsaw Massacre way!) that kept us laughing, even when people were being killed. The movie had enough tension to keep it interesting. We did have a hard time understanding some of the dialogue, but we were able to keep up with what was going on. The movie was thoroughly entertaining. My husband, who likes hardly any movies, loved it. We will watch this movie again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked Snatch, you'll LOVE Lock Stock & 2 Sm. Barrels,
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This review is from: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Widescreen/Full Screen) (DVD)Possibly the most authentic gangster movie in wide release, this film actually features real criminals in some of its key roles. Indeed, Vinnie Jones got out of jail the day before filming started.
The plot centers around four working class friends who pool 25000 pounds each for their poker expert friend to play with in a high stakes card game. Naturally, their scheme goes awry, they end up way in debt to the game's host (Hatchet Harry), and chaos ensues as they attempt to find money to repay their debt.
The first third of the movie is spent introducing seperate groups of characters: Hatchet Harry and his henchman, Barry the Baptist, who "keeps the business running harmoniously" by drowning deliquent borrowers; Three soft upper-middle class pot growers in their 20's; Rory Breaker - the deceptively cute, cuddly-looking gangster with a poodle afro and the temper of a junkyard dog; two hilariously imbecilic thieves "Shotguns? You mean guns that fire shots?"; and Chris the lean, mean loan collector.
Each set of characters is developed in isolation (a little bit like Tarantino) with healthy doses of English wit. Yes...this movie is very quotable. As the plot develops, each party becomes increasing tied up with the others as the movie approaches its prolonged climax. There are MANY surprises at the end of this film.
As Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was in US theaters for about one week, very few people in America have seen it. What a shame. It's significantly more humourous than Snatch, and much easier to follow. In fact, the few people that have borrowed this DVD from me have purchased a copy for themselves. This one's a keeper.
5.0 out of 5 stars a great movie,
This review is from: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Widescreen) (DVD)this movie is very funny it is kind of like a funny British Pulp Fiction but the story goes in order. You have to love the tough British guy that all of these kind of movies have.
5.0 out of 5 stars British pulp fiction,
This review is from: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Widescreen) (DVD)Lock Stock and Two Smoking barrels is a fantastic british crime drama that has more the disposition of a black comedy than anything else. in the Tradition of quinton tarintino films, this movie is stylish and compelling. With a character driven story and a long convoluted plot. The story follows a group of small time thieves who get way into deep in a game of cards. This sets of an INSANE chain reaction of events, all centered somehow around 2 antique shotguns worth a half million pounds - of course no one knows how much they're worth!!
This is one of the most ironic movies of it's type you'll find. The way all the shiesty characters are brought together in the film is brilliant and entertaining. You've got crosses and double crosses and triple crosses, and in the climax you have the stage set for a major disaster as everyone is killing everyone else, with thanks to great confusion and mistaken identity.
The actual plot twists turns are far too complex to go over in this review just suffiuce it to say that you'll be watching the movie laughing to yourself at the unbelievable turns of fate that unfold on the screen. The wild web of relationships between the characters is simply hilarious. There are chracters working for people they dont even know they are working for who end up killing their own boss unkowingly in the confusion. The camera style is excellent and the english flair is a nice component to the overall feel of the movie in comparison to typical american crime culture flicks. This is a must see for fans of resevoir dogs, pulp fiction, jackie brown, playing god, good fellas, or any similar movie. this is just one of those movies you'll have to sit down and watch in order to see what all the full is about.
Very well written and well directed, Lock stock and two smoking barrels is an enjoyable experience all around.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild, Violent and Funny,
This review is from: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Widescreen) (DVD)Hopefully, Guy Ritchie will stop making movies with his wife and go back to what he is a master of: the British small-time crook flick. While not quite as clever as "Snatch," this movie is aprecurrsor of everything that made "Snatch" great: widely disparate small time crooks who somehow all become entangled with one another.
Some of the same actors, notably the great Jeremy Statham, who appear in "Snatch" are present here, to great effect.
The plot: four buddies suddenly find themselves owing a local gambler known as Hatchet Harry $500,000.00. To pay him back, they concoct a plot to rip off some crooks who plan to rip off the local pot growers. Basically, everyone is trying to rip everyone else off. Playing into this are two antique shotguns, which Hatchet Harry covets (they would be the two smoking barrels of the title) and the buddies come into possession of, totally oblivious to the fact that Harry wants the guns.
What develops is a throwback to the old screwball comedies of the thirties and forties (albeit a very violent throwback), where surprises await as different scenes are viewed from different points of view.
If you loved "Snatch," you will, at a minimum, like "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels." Watch for Sting is a small but important role as the father of one of buddies in trouble.
5.0 out of 5 stars "I HATE TRAFFIC WARDENS",
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This review is from: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Widescreen) (DVD)I hate traffic wardens, but I love this movie! LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS is graced with many hilarious and multi-dimensional characters and is lucky enough to have actors that accurately bring them to life. This film from Guy Ritchie, much like the film that would follow it, SNATCH, is about many different characters with different motives tied into one twisted, comic, and even more complicated stroyline. This film can be quite funny if you understand it, but beware of getting lost. Most every line in this film has some significance to the plot, and if that weren't enough, you have to understand it with the thick accents. So, pay close attention to what the characters are trying to say and you will most likely enjoy yourself. If you do do your best at paying attention to every line, and you end up not enjoying the film, then you probably missed something, or you didn't miss anything and your cold and have no sense of humor. Guy Ritchie directs with his own unique style and uses many interesting techniques to tell this energetic and fast-paced action comedy. If you enjoy this film, then you will definitely enjoy SNATCH, Ritchie's follow-up (not a sequel). But back to LOCK STOCK, if you like comedy, action, suspense, more comedy, and energy to wrap it all up, along with a great soundtrack, then I strongly recommend LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS. Enjoy the cockneyrhyming slang.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous filmmaking, great pacing, fun story,
This review is from: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Widescreen) (DVD)This story was great. It had action, comedy, plot, style, and was just interesting. Essentially it's the story of luck, good and bad, spread out through a number of interesting characters. The storytelling is done in a non-linear way which makes it so things unfold to you kind of as they're unfolding for the characters.
The story is basically a heist story with about 100 twists mixed in, as well as some cockney-slang and great characterization. This was a great intro film for Guy Ritchie and is on par with his more well-known "Snatch," if not a better movie. If you liked Snatch, you'll definitely like this movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!,
This review is from: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Widescreen) (DVD)I loved Jason Stratham in this movie. This is his first movie which makes it very cool. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU PURCHASE!! don't rent it first, just buy it you won't regret it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie,
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This review is from: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Widescreen) (DVD)If you liked Snatch you will love L,S & 2 Smoking barrels. A brilliant movie, as good if not better than Snatch!
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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Widescreen) by Guy Ritchie (DVD - 2002)