Oct 9

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Category: Movie Reviews,Uncategorized | Listening to: Endymion - Bio

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) I’m not sure but it may be like the tenth time I’ve seen this Guy Ritchie film – and I’m still loving it to death. Ritchie is my all-time favourite director. He always manages to include an awesome dialogue (although you will need subtitles unless you’re born British, cause the language used is damn hard to follow.

Besides the witty dialogue you get a character gallery out of the abyss of kickassness, including Tom, Soap, Eddy, Bacon, Winston, J, Big Chris, Barry the Baptit (cause he drowns people), Little Chris, Hatchet Harry, Dog, and many more. The actor army isn’t bad either; Jason Flemyng, Jason Statham, Charles Forbes, Vinnie Jones, Sting and many more.

As for the story, it kind of starts out with this guy Eddy who has been known as a card sharp since he was young. So he and his three friends Soap, Tom and Bacon all decide to chip in £25,000 each to allow him to play in an illegal high-roller game run by one of the local villains, Hatchet Harry.

However, Eddy didn’t realize the game was crooked and he ends up owing Harry £500,000 with dire threats about losing his fingers one at a time if he doesn’t pay within a week. Eddy and his friends discuss various completely illegal schemes to obtain the money and eventually decide to rip-off the gang of thieves next door who themselves are planning to raid a clandestine drug growing operation which keeps all of its money in shoe boxes where they grow the cannabis plants.

The scheme is simple enough but they manage to fuck it up. As extreme chaos breaks loose the violence and associated body count spiral out of control, Eddy and his friends realize that they are out of their depth and desperately try to find a way out before they too find themselves among the casualties.

I really do love how they manage to mix up all the strings with the various characters together, á la Tarantino in his Pulp Fiction. The British gangster thingie is really working well too. All the characters are very original and you can’t do anything except love the lot of them. Fact: this was the film debut for both Statham and Jones.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels have been my favourite film for a long time, and still continue to keep its place on the throne. It’s awesome.

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Two Smoking Barrels.

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The guy’s are in quite a pinch. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a hell of a funny, entertaining, thrilling action comedy. Despite the fact that it is British (true story).

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