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people this side of the Atlantic will have heard of Lock, stock
and two smoking barrels, the film that launched Vinnie Jones
and Guy Ritchie into Hollywood. Vinnie has starred in a number
of blockbusters since and Guy has been occupied making babies
with Madonna. They have teamed up again with a number of familiar
faces to produce Snatch. Brad Pitt is the big name in the cast,
stealing the show as an Irish bare-knuckle fighter.
Guy Ritchie has been very cunning in that this is a film set
in gangland London, with lots of action and dry humour, but
it is not a sequel to Lock, Stock.
The plot is centred around two inept boxing promoters Turkish
(Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham). They attempt to
set up some ever-so-slightly-dodgy fights in the East End, and
get embroiled in international diamond smuggling along the way!
The "heroes" meet a number of unsavoury characters
along the way, including bullet-tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) and
Bricktop (Alan Ford) who is more menacing than vinnie!
The film is directed with expected smoothness from Ritchie,
piecing together the plot in a disjointed fashion that seems
to double the pace of the already fast-moving story. Aided by
the well cust but not so versatile talents of Jones and the
very versatile talents of Pitt, the film is seamless. The lines
are better laid out than ritchie's debut film, with a fistful
of memorable quotes, to leave with. Along with a catchy soundtrack
and great camerawork, the film is presented superbly for an
Ritchie seems to be cutting a niche in Britain to mirror Martin
Scorsese stateside, producing films of a similar ilk to the
last but a different tale and still hugely entertaining. If
you enjoyed Lock, stock and two smoking barrels, then you will
squirm with glee at Snatch - a must see!
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