Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Widescreen)
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Streetwise charmer and cardshark Eddy (Nick Moran) walks into the biggest card game of his life carrying a stake backed by the life-savings of his three best mates, Tom (Jason Flemyng), Bacon (Jason Statham) and Soap (Dexter Fletcher). Eddy is the sharpest player on the circuit but the game is a set-up, and Eddy leaves owing the underworld boss "Hatchet" Harry (P.H. Moriarty) half a million. Harry gives Eddy a week to come up with the money before he starts taking fingers as collateral. Eddy's dad, JD (Sting) can cancel the debt by handing over his bar, lock, stock and barrel to his old adversary, Harry. JD refuses to give in, feeling his street-tough son can get himself out of his own messes. So, while Harry sends a couple of petty crooks to steal a pair of antique shotguns to add to his collection, Eddy and his mates plan a caper that will enable them to pay off Harry and make out like bandits! In a comedy of errors, and a helter-skelter ride through London's gangland, the guns, cash, drugs and identities become all mixed up as a full complement of London's lowlife get involved in a melee which even all their menace can't handle. Full of energy and surprising twists at every turn, it's a rollicking comedy that has it all, "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels."
Cockney boys Tom, Soap, Eddie, and Bacon are in a bind; they owe seedy criminal and porn king "Hatchet" Harry a sizable amount of cash after Eddie loses half a million in a rigged game of poker. Hot on their tails is a thug named Big Chris who intends to send them all to the hospital if they don't come up with the cash in the allotted time. Add into the mix an incompetent set of ganja cultivators, two dimwitted robbers, a "madman" with an afro, and a ruthless band of drug dealers and you have an astonishing movie called Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Before the boys can blink, they are caught up in a labyrinth of double-crosses that lead to a multitude of dead bodies, copious amounts of drugs, and two antique rifles.
Written and directed by talented newcomer Guy Ritchie, this is one of those movies that was destined to become an instant cult classic à la Reservoir Dogs. Although some comparisons were drawn between Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino, it would be unfair to discount the brilliant wit of the story and the innovative camerawork that the director brings to his debut feature. Not since The Krays has there been such an accurate depiction of the East End and its more colorful characters. Indicative of the social stratosphere in London, Ritchie's movie is a hilarious and at times touching account of friendships and loyalty. The director and his mates (who make up most of the cast) clearly are enjoying themselves here. This comes across in some shining performances, in particular from ex-footballer Vinnie Jones (Big Chris) and an over-the-top Vas Blackwood (as Rory Breaker), who very nearly steals the show. Full of quirky vernacular and clever tension-packed action sequences, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a triumph--a perfect blend of intelligence, humor, and suspense. --Jeremy Storey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
Well if not, then don't lose hope, because their plans of action are absolutely hilarious! The humour and the different characters focused on in this flick will make you want to see it again. VERy funnY! The way it's shot is innovative as well. I'd say the only downer about this flick is that it takes a while to get to the action, but the slick wit and humour do a good job of not making it unbearable. Also, there is way too much cussin in this flick, so if it offends you, you might wanna think twice about this flick. STing is also part of the cast, but he's in it for five minutes....
Well what can I tell you, it's funny, it's got action, I'm sure it will be a cult classic very soon. If not already. It's relatable to OUt OF sight by Elmore Leonard and Reservoir Dogs by Tarantino, and the story flows similar to Payback, except that it's not about revenge. The way the humor and plot is blended together truly makes it stand apart though. It's a kickin fun time, and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone. DROUGH! Shoutouts to my main man GUS!
can't you all just enjoy the film for its humor, for its fun factor, for its witty cleverness, without scrutinizing it for undrlying themes or some sign of vast, eternal significance??
it makes me sick when i see people so high on themselves and their own opinions. you show how ignorant you really are when you take a great film like this and criticize it for not being something it was never intended to be.
bottom line: lock, stock is smart, it's funny, the characters ARE lovable in their own ways (contrary to what some have said), and the individual stories (which are portrayed in no way similarly to pulp fiction) come together in one clever, explosive climax. the cinematography may or may not have been a bunch of "first-year film student tricks," but they were utilized quite impressively nonetheless, and they just put the icing on the cake.
if you have half a brain, ignore the self-important critics here and watch the movie. i guarantee you'll find SOMEthing you'll like...
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Great movie, funnier than hell well worth watching at least once a year. Like "Snatch" but I could understand the dialogue :)Published 8 months ago by KittyMonster1960
A great publication and fantastic film.
I do not think about it that much would speak.
The publication has everything you need. :))))
This was bought as a birthday present. I never watched it myself but the birthday boy says its good.Published 21 months ago by Laura O'Reilly
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