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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Written By Awir Aditya on Monday, June 14, 2010 | 10:50 PM

Genre: Crime/Drama

Starring: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Jason Statham, Nick Moran, P.H. Moriarty, Lenny McLean, Stephen Marcus, Vinnie Jones, Jake Abraham, Victor McGuire

A group of four friends, Tom (Flemyng), Soap (Fletcher), Eddy (Moran) and Bacon (Statham) are looking for easy ways to make some easy money. Hatchet Harry (Moriarty) is a porn king and has an underground high-stakes gambling den. Eddy is good at reading expressions and determining the kind of cards the opponent may hold and hence wins most of the times. The four friends put together some money and sent Eddy to play at Harry's den. Eddy unfortunately loses and they now have to pay Harry five times the amount they initially had. Big Chris (Vinnie) is Harry's debt recovery agent is put on alert since Harry does not expect Eddy to pay his money back. Harry fancies a pair of antique guns which are going out on auction and tells his bodyguard, Barry the Baptist (McLean) to get them by hook or by crook. Barry instructs two low-life crooks, Gary (McGuire) and Dean (Abraham) to do the job, who do conduct the job successfully but land up selling the antiques to Nick the Greek (Marcus). What happens thus is Snatch and RocknRolla all over again. Although this movie was conceived long before the above mentioned ones, they all put together seem like a repetition. The movie doesn't have any outright humour but the dialogues and the screenplay do bring out a giggle or two, provided the British slang and sarcasm gets through you. The plot may seem complicated and a little weird, but that is what makes a Guy Ritchie movie such a fabulous work of art. For someone watching  his movies for the first time, it is a good watch, else it seems slightly repetitive.

Thumbs up: Nice plot, brilliant dialogues
Thumbs down: Lacks outright humour, would seem repetitive for those who have seen later Guy Ritchie movies

Rating: 8.1/10
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