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on January 24, 2002
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.
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on May 23, 2004
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.
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on May 16, 2004
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.
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on May 1, 2004
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.
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on October 2, 2003
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.
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on May 26, 2000
English film has a habit of coming out with only a few really hyped mainstream films a year it would seem, but when it does, it really pulls out all the stops. Lock, Stock... is a brilliant tale centering on the story of 4 close friends who, after unfairly losing a poker game to a cheating porn-king, find themselves needing to come up with a lot of money, very fast, or else it's off with all of their favorite appendages. However, just one plot is too bland, so the writer does an amazing job of intertwining the plots and people of no less than 5 different, completely unique sets of characters. You never, at any point find any of it overwhelming, instead you are immersed in its amazing delivery and absolute hilarity. The cinematography (some of the best I've EVER seen) is Brilliant. The stories are Brilliant. The characters are Brilliant. The dialogue is Brilliant. The story-line is Brilliant. The plot twists are Brilliant. And by the end, when it's all tied together? BRILLIANT! And just wait till you get to the very end....wow, definitely one of the most brilliant endings I've seen in years! People often compare this film to Pulp Fiction, but that's a grave injustice, as this film is way out of Pulp Fiction's league. One of the most unique, intelligent, and perfectly executed films to come out in decades, it's an absolute must see for anybody and everybody.
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on April 8, 2000
Well-conceived British import that I rented and watched four or five times over the course of a rainy weekend. By the time it was due back at Blockbuster, I felt a real connection with the Cockney foursome who land themselves in debt and then -- through a series of outlandish coincidences -- dig themselves out. The manner in which the plot unfolds is a masterful choreography of fate. Lots of laughs in this one to go along with a cool sepia style and an effective soundtrack; but perhaps its most lasting appeal is that the viewer can identify with the oh-what-the-hell attitude these fellas adopt as they delve deeper and deeper into the criminal layer. These are normal pub-going guys who have no business mingling with vicious and heavily armed gangs, but our lads know they must take some risks to escape their dire situation. I think the Tarantino comparisons are a bit overblown, but if you possess a need to categorize, I suppose Lock, Stock & 2Bs fits "neatly" into the hip, gun-blazing genre.
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on February 19, 2000
Lock, Stock, and... should be filed under that great pantheon of obvious and too inspired films. A modern, hip gangster film crammed with all the prerequisite underdeveloped stock characters and plot that "surprisingly" converges in the finale. Its not like we havent seen this sort of thing before, so Guy Ritchie ends up making a film that feels like pieces of other, better, movies. A glorified clone.
That is not to say it isnt okay. Despite all the flaws in predictable characters and plotting (not to mention events lifted from other movies), it is still interesting enough to make you want to see how it ends. It is tolerable, but, for myself, just in that one viewing.
The cast of characters is way too large for any of them to really develop beyond caricature. Most are strictly defined by cool sounding names like Hatchet Harry, Rory Breaker, Barry the Babtist, and Jimmy the Saint (oh, sorry, Jimmy the Saint was from that other over-inspired hipster gangster film Things to do in Denver when You're Dead. Funny how they all run together) And, whether menacing or likable, or likably menacing, all of characters are laced with humor, and quips abound. But, it feels strained, with nearly every character speaking with fast, silver tongued ribbings (as in Bringing up Baby, Hudsucker Proxy,...Jackie Brown). Instead of being natural, it feels like a contrivance.
So too, is the directing too reliant on devices. It is fine to have a technique you like, such as the slow motion montage, but if executed too glaringly and often it becomes tiresome. Guy Ritchies direction, the slow motion effects, the loopy or dead straight steadycam shots, just never struck me as being very individual or unique. Once again, it looks like a pale imitation of others, not quite original enough. Personally, the harsh lighting on the indoor scenes was hideous to look at, and the music seemed punched in, too loud, and not smoothly worked in at all.
Vinnie Jones was very commanding as Big Chris. Val Blackwwod was completely unintimidating as Rory Breaker. And, Sting was completely Sting (hate when a celebrity shows up for five seconds in a movie, never establishing a character).
If Guy Ritchie could escape the stranglehold of his peers, and find at least one original bone in his body, he may, someday, create something worthwhile.
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on February 19, 2000
Lock, Stock, and... should be filed under that great pantheon of obvious and too inspired films. A modern, hip gangster film crammed with all the prerequisite underdeveloped stock characters and plot that "surprisingly" converges in the finale. Its not like we havent seen this sort of thing before, so Guy Ritchie ends up making a film that feels like pieces of other, better, movies. A glorified clone.
That is not to say it isnt okay. Despite all the flaws in predictable characters and plotting (not to mention events lifted from other movies), it is still interesting enough to make you want to see how it ends. It is tolerable, but, for myself, just in that one viewing.
The cast of characters is way too large for any of them to really develop beyond caricature. Most are strictly defined by cool sounding names like Hatchet Harry, Rory Breaker, Barry the Babtist, and Jimmy the Saint (oh, sorry, Jimmy the Saint was from that other over-inspired hipster gangster film Things to do in Denver when You're Dead. Funny how they all run together) And, whether menacing or likable, or likably menacing, all of characters are laced with humor, and quips abound. But, it feels strained, with nearly every character speaking with fast, silver tongued ribbings (as in Bringing up Baby, Hudsucker Proxy,...Jackie Brown). Instead of being natural, it feels like a contrivance.
So too, is the directing too reliant on devices. It is fine to have a technique you like, such as the slow motion montage, but if executed too glaringly and often it becomes tiresome. Guy Ritchies direction, the slow motion effects, the loopy or dead straight steadycam shots, just never struck me as being very individual or unique. Once again, it looks like a pale imitation of others, not quite original enough. Personally, the harsh lighting on the indoor scenes was hideous to look at, and the music seemed punched in, too loud, and not smoothly worked in at all.
Vinnie Jones was very commanding as Big Chris. Val Blackwwod was completely unintimidating as Rory Breaker. And, Sting was completely Sting (hate when a celebrity shows up for five seconds in a movie, never establishing a character).
If Guy Ritchie could escape the stranglehold of his peers, and find at least one original bone in his body, he may, someday, create something worthwhile.
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on April 26, 2000
If you don't like this film watch it again, if you still don't like it, watch it again, if you still don't like it, find a nice solid brick wall, voluntarily hit your head on the wall approximately 5-6 times. If it doesn't knock any sense into you ssek medical attention.......etc.THE POINT IS: This a classy film which you really must own. The storyline may be a bit confusing @ 1st but the storyline really is pure genius, it's clever, and very funny. Once you've watched it a couple of times you will probably regard it as one of the best films you've ever seen-I do. However before you buy it make sure that the American version is not edited from the original British version,(Which I own) because I know for a FACT that the American version of the soundtrack is different from the British one (It is missing tracks).
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