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Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
Four con-artists scrape together enough money to enter a high-stakes poker game run by a local henchman. When they lose a fixed round, they find themselves a half million pounds in debt with only a...  View more >

Starring Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran...  View more >

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Jan 25, 2000
Trainspottingesque British noir examines the lives of a bunch of low life scum and adds quite a bit of comedy along the way. Wonderful camera angles and use of slow motion/stop motion/speeded up motion add to the fun. It’s the film that Payback might have been if Hollywood had not been involved. There’s also a lot of style to admire and more than a few moments that feel like you’re watching something by a Brit version of Quentin Tarantino. Amazingly enough, first time writer/director Guy Ritchie claims that he has never seen a Tarantino film.

10-point scale rating: 7

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Jan 25, 2000
LS&2SB was released on video in the UK a few weeks ago. I bought it the moment it came out and I've watched it four times since, having already seen it at the cinema. I would now go so far as to rate it third in my list of all time favourite films (first place going to "Bladerunner", second to "Breakfast at Tiffany's").

I doubt that this is the first review you'll have read so I won't go into any convoluted plot details. You're probably already aware that it's a London gangster movie with more twists and turns than a Disneyland roller-coaster and to say any more than that would just spoil it for you. Yes, there is a lot of violence but just how bloody it gets depends an awful lot on the vividness of you own imagination. We rarely see anything other than the aftermath and the body count of baddies is so high that it's really quite difficult to take it seriously.

Actually, it's impossible to take anything in LS&2SB too seriously and anyone who does is clearly getting the wrong message. It's wickedly funny and full of characters so shallow that they're almost cartoonish. Although well acted they appear somehow unreal; clever caricatures pertaining to a London Underworld that really does exist. But it doesn't matter that most of these guys are little more than cartoons. Afterall, they are supposed to entertain us, make us laugh at their increasingly desperate antics. The exception though, is the debt collector Big Chris, who fills the screen with a quiet menace whenever he appears. I don't know whether it's because he brings his young son with him wherever he goes (telling the kid to buckle his seatbelt and not to swear)or because he's portrayed by Vinnie Jones who has a seriously hard image, but there is something so very believable about him. There have been rumours about a TV spin-off of the film and I can't imagine it working at all unless Big Chris is the central character. The others, unless given a lot more to work with, would be stretched to breaking point within two episodes.

With some inspired camera work and a soundtrack that fits the action even more perfectly than that of "Trainspotting", Guy Ritchie's feature debut is simply brilliant and not to be missed. If you don't get the accents, don't worry, you've got a good excuse to go see it again. Then you can keep on going back until you understand all the slang that riddles the film (one small part even needs subtitles). Then come to London and understand every word we say without once having to say "Excuse me?"

"It's been emotional".

Jun 4, 2003
Guy Richie's violent British film about the way it viewed organized crime from England. The film is about Richie is Britain's version of Quentin Tarantino, has created a world of violence and power. It may be violent, but the film is well-written and funny.

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