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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Reviews

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Daniel P

Super Reviewer

April 7, 2007
I didn't get this one the first time through, but in retrospect, I wonder if I didn't just fall asleep or something... It's actually a rather simple story: three teams of basically inept criminals with divergent motivations find themselves going after the same loot. It takes a risk by coming to a conventional ending about two-thirds of the way through the film then carrying on with the rest of the story regardless. Highly stylized and quite funny, it's not Ritchie's best work - that's Snatch - but it justly put him on the map, and the conclusion is pure poetic justice. A founding text in the flourishing British gangster genre, and worth seeing again... particularly for me!
TheDudeLebowski65
TheDudeLebowski65

Super Reviewer

July 14, 2011
Guy Ritchie's debut is a blazing gangster film with sharp dialogue and a mix of drama and comedy that reinvents the genre. With a terrific cast, Guy Ritchie directs an effective crime film that is a must see for gangster film fans. Early signs of Ritchie's brilliant direction can be seen here, and would subsequently perfected in his follow-up, Snatch. The film has a serious tone to it, but has enough comic moments to really make it a unique gangster film. Before hand, films in this genre were too serious, dark, and violent, which there is nothing wrong with that. However Ritchie introduced something a bit different and it worked very well. Some people will surely hate this film, but to those crime film fans who want a new angle on a classic story, this is worth seeing. The film has a plateau of colorful characters which make for an interesting viewing experience. Guy Ritchie's films have a terrific sense of style and this debut feature showcases that brilliantly. I personally enjoy Ritchie's work, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a fine crime film that has some strong performances, a clever script and effective plot that will keep you entertained from start to finish. Even if it's not a flawless film, this is sure to become one of the most memorable gangster films of the last twenty years. With a great cast at hand, Guy Ritchie has delivered a smart, effective and well constructed crime film that goes where no genre film has gone before. This is a must see for crime film fans, and some viewers may not get used to Guy Ritchie's brand of eccentric filmmaking, but it pays off in the end.
CloudStrife84
CloudStrife84

Super Reviewer

July 1, 2007
Guy Ritchie's directorial debut is a verbally explosive crime-caper, with lots of clever and witty dialogue and a top notch cast. Original in style and highly entertaining, there's really no film quite like it. The only one that comes close to it is Snatch - which is another gangster gem by Ritchie, but that doesn't really match the brilliance of this one. So if you haven't seen it yet, I suggest you do so at first opportunity. Because it's so far above the median line that it plays in a whole different league. One of the coolest films you'll ever see and a personal favourite mine that never gets old.
cosmo313
cosmo313

Super Reviewer

June 9, 2006
I didn't think it was quite a masterpiece, but it came pretty damn close. This movie pretty much put Guy Ritchie on the map, kinda like what Reservoir Dogs did for Tarantino. Now, Ritchie claimed to have never seen any Tarantino film before he made this, but I have a hard time believing that. This feels like a nice cross between Trainspotting and Pulp Fiction, but, unlike other imitators (intentional or otherwise), this films stands out on its own merits. I like the grainy desaturated looks of things. To me, it added to the gritty atmosphere. It's cool that Ritchie uses basically every flashy camera trick he can think if, but it's too bad that those things overshadow the fact that the story is almost needlessly complex. It's a straightforward plot, but presented in a fashion that is most certainly not that way. I kept up with things better than I thought, but still-the script needs some tweaking. Overall, this is highly entertaining, quite hilarious, and features a good cast. I'm glad I finally saw it. You should do the same.
Dan S

Super Reviewer

September 8, 2007
A terrifically entertaining Tarantino-esque exercise in foul-mouth dialogue and violent altercations, concerning a card guru (Nick Moran) who gets cheated by a corrupt porn lord in a high-stakes game of poker where he goes to far in, and thus owes him half a million pounds within a short-period of time. It is dirty, nihilistic, and occasionally too flashy, but like Ritchie's only other solid film ("Snatch") it maintains a dark sense of humor throughout, a tight running time, and some hilariously flawed characters who prove to be eternal screw-ups. Sure, the character development kind of sucks and there is not a huge reason to care for anyone in this story, but it gets away with it just because it is so darn entertaining and contains twists and turns that keep your attention. "Pulp Fiction" remains the ultimate masterpiece in terms of detailing the seedy underbelly of society with the skill to work in a devilish sense of humor, but 'Lock' proves to be a welcome version that will hold one's attention.
Cynthia S

Super Reviewer

September 5, 2010
Gorgeously stylistic tale about petty thieves, and an amusingly circular double-cross. I am no critic, but I do know what makes me laugh, and this movie IS IT! Fun movie!
Taylor R

Super Reviewer

July 16, 2011
A compulsively watchable, ridiculously entertaining film - probably the best of the crime comedies that swept the 1990's after "Pulp Fiction." Everything about it - the music, the eclectic nicknames, the mistaken identities, even the occasionally cheesy acting and sepia cinematography - comes together to make an intelligent, ambitious, almost restless picture. Good, good stuff.
FiLmCrAzY
FiLmCrAzY

Super Reviewer

September 4, 2007
What can i say another Guy Ritchie movie that doesn't disappoint.
Another hilariously funny, ganster comedy that is funny and isn't short of its gun fights.
Really worth the watch
Phil H

Super Reviewer

April 10, 2011
Ritchie uses almost every known British character actor/soap star for his gang romp revolving around the simple premise of some guys owing a gang boss a large amount of money. The cast is impressive you gotta admit, of course you gotta be British to probably get the most from it but the collection of oddballs and gangsters are all so well cast and played it just shoves the seedy, gritty, dirty, 'Del boy' London grim in your face perfectly.
There is certainly a Tarantino style going on throughout as the story tends to twist n turn amongst all the dreary looking locations, the whole film seems to have a brownish tint to it, almost an enforced grimy hue to really bring the rough dilapidated streets of London to life. To be honest you don't even need to follow the story you just watch it for the continuous use of cockney slang and hints of vicious violence between various roughians, (a case of less is more with the violence) at the same time all this is accompanied by a glorious soundtrack.

A slick cool visage of thugs and wheeler dealers of varying levels of intelligence all mixed with a dark gallows humour that makes you unsure wether to giggle or shy away. The four main characters are a good balance of your classic 'EastEnders' types with a dollop of 'Only Fools n Horses' comedy on top in a world where the Kray brothers could still be walking the streets and where Vinnie Jones as 'Big Chris' brings another level of atmosphere with his final act.

Bosh! job done Guv'
Kristijonas F

Super Reviewer

March 26, 2011
A dastardly funny and witty Brit-Gangster film from Guy Ritchie.
Aditya Gokhale
Aditya Gokhale

Super Reviewer

July 6, 2010
Guy Ritchie's 1998 gangster drama + black comedy is really a heist film, but there are just so many heist tracks involved, that if you even blink or take a coffee break, you are bound to miss at least one track in this mix of heists and lose track of who's heisting who and for what purpose!

There isn't any exaggeration in the above statement, as you would know as you watch this film.

The film centers around a group of four friends, Bacon(Jason Statham), Soap(Dexter Fletcher), Tom(Jason Flemyng) and Eddie(Nick Moran).
All of them shell out 25 grand 'quid' each so that Ed can play a game with (H)'arry "the (H)'atchet" Lonsdale. But the game is fixed by Harry's bodyguard, Barry the Baptist, as he knows that Ed is a genius at cards. And thus, Ed puts in the 100 grand he and his friends had put up and ends up owing Harry 500 grand!

Harry gives him a week's time to pay in full, else Baptist threatens Ed that for each day that goes without payment after one week is up, him and his friends start losing their fingers one by one, and when those are exhausted, they will go for Ed's father, JD's (Sting) bar.

As luck would have it, Ed is next door neighbours to a gang of thieves who are dealing with some weed growers. The neighbours hatch a plan to rob the marijuana growers. This plan is overheard by Ed who in turn makes his own plan to rob these robbers! The plan while seemingly simple, of course turns complex, because London's a small world and people just seem to bump into each other out of nowhere!

Add to that the parallel story of a job handed out to a couple of small-time hoodlums to rob a place full of antiques, again by Barry the Baptist at the behest of Harry, of course. He is interested in two very valuable shotguns (as in "guuns (sic) that fire shots"!) from the antique lot, which also seem to exchange a lot of hands in this whole mix-up!

While Ritchie cooks up an interesting mix of stories from different vantage points and involving a whole bunch of robbers and weed sellers, he does seem to go a bit too far with the convenient coincidences which are aplenty. But he cannot be entirely blamed, for this sort of story has to rely on such plot elements to carry the story forward and to bring in that "comedy" element to the "black"ness of it all.


That said, this film is immensely entertaining, very stylishly shot, with some great background score, some darkly comic dialog, superb performances from the entire cast; some notable mentions include:

Vinnie Jones as Big Chris: Superb as the guy who collects debts for Harry

Lenny McLean as big-guy Barry "the Baptist": Menacing personality, with a heavy accent and hilariously wicked!

Vas Blackwood as Rory Breaker: Perhaps the best of the lot, he gets some of the sharpest and funniest lines and delivers them with gusto! Splendid!

Jake Abraham and Victor McGuire as the bungling small-time criminals Dean and Gary respectively: Class act!

Last but not the least, the four "heroes" of this whole chaos:

Jason Flemyng as Tom, Dexter Fletcher as Soap, Nick Moran as Eddie and Jason Statham as Bacon: all great!


Do watch this film for its blend of Crime and Comedy that is just right...like a refreshingly smooth cocktail!

Recommended!
MANUGINO
MANUGINO

Super Reviewer

March 3, 2009
Great Movie!!! This movie really was entertaining and interesting, there's a twist in every part, it totally comes at you unexpected. Guy Ritchie does it again!!!

Long-time friends; Bacon, Soap, Tom and Eddie decide to put together 100,000 to play 3 card brag against "Hatchet" Harry Lonsdale - a porn king of notorious disposition - in a high-stakes card game in the hopes of winning easy money. Aided by Barry "the Baptist", Harry's personal bodyguard and counselor, the game is fixed so that Eddie, the card shark representing the group, loses to Harry and is forced to pay a 500,000 debt within one week, citing the loss of fingers and Eddie's father's bar if he fails to pay. To Eddie's fortune, and the dismay of his friends, all four of the group are tasked with honoring this debt, as they were all responsible for fronting the stake money. Harrys loyal and violent debt collector, Big Chris - who often brings his son and apprentice, Little Chris, to his work - is assigned to collect the payment on the due date.

After several days and no ideas to come up with the money, Eddie returns home and overhears his neighbors, a gang of thieves known for robbing drug dealers, planning a heist on some marijuana growers supposedly loaded with cash and drugs. Eddie relays this information to the group, intending for all of them to rob the neighbors as they come back from their heist, therefore solving the debt. Tom uses his connection with an underground dealer, known as Nick "the Greek", to provide them with guns for the job, and to find someone to help them move the drugs. Nick then manages to acquire a pair of antique shotguns, and arrange a deal with Rory Breaker, a gangster and sociopath, to purchase the stolen weed.

Prior to the card game, a pair of lowlife criminals, Gary and Dean, were hired by Barry to rob a bankrupt millionaire for Harry, who wanted a specific pair of antique shotguns from the stolen pile for his personal collection. The two guns that Harry wanted, however, were the ones that Gary and Dean sold prematurely to Nick after the robbery. An enraged Barry then threatens the two into getting them back.

The neighbors' heist goes underway; Dog, the leader of the gang, learned of the weed chemists from one of the members, and uses his connections to the group to catch them off guard. Despite having a gang member killed by his own Bren Gun, and an incriminating encounter with a traffic warden, the job is otherwise a success. Unfortunately as they come back to the hideout, the four friends ambush the neighbors and take the loot, who later return that night to stash the goods next door, and then celebrate with a wild night of drinking.

The various characters finally collide when Rory discovers that the weed he was going to purchase was in fact his; the weed chemists that were robbed were under his employ. Rory interrogates Nick into revealing where the four friends live, and uses one of the chemists to identify the robbers. That same morning, Dog has become furious at having been cheated and, during a tirade, he launches one of his men into a wall, who discovers (through the hole he makes as a result) various sound recording equipment; Dog realizes that his neighbors were the ones who robbed him, and has the men prepare to ambush the friends in the flat as he takes the antique shotguns and counts the money. Gary and Dean call Nick, who (in frustration) directs them to the same address in their search for the antique shotguns, while Big Chris and his son depart to collect the debt, and the four friends drive home from the bar.

Rory and his gang assault the flat and enter a shootout with the neighbors, resulting in the deaths of all but Dog and the lone chemist to survive the slaughter, with the latter taking off with the marijuana. Dog is mugged by Big Chris of the shotguns and money during his escape, Gary and Dean stealthily follow Big Chris, and the four friends finally return to the flat, shocked by the carnage and the missing loot. Big Chris then gives the guns and cash to Harry, and as he returns to his car he encounters Dog threatening his son, who wants him to get the loot back from Harry. Desperate to get the guns, Gary and Dean attack Harry and Barry at their office, realizing who they were at the last minute before killing each other in another violent shootout. The four friends soon arrive to find another scene of carnage, and take the opportunity to re-steal the debt money, mystified by their strange fortune. Big Chris then crashes into their car to disable Dog, and after brutalizing him with his car door, he takes the debt money back from the unconscious friends, only to find his employer dead, and Tom just about to make off with the antique shotguns, which he'd briefly paused to examine.

The remaining friends were arrested, but were declared innocent after the traffic warden from earlier identified the neighbors bodies as the prime suspects. The four reunite at Eddies fathers bar, and decide to have Tom get rid of the only evidence linking them to all the bloodshed the shotguns. After Tom leaves, Big Chris arrives to bid them farewell, and gives them a catalog on antique guns. Big Chris then leaves, having kept the debt money for himself and his son. A quick perusal of the book reveals that the shotguns the four had bought for the job were each worth a fortune, and so they desperately try to call Tom. The film ends in a cliffhanger when Toms cell phone, stuffed in his mouth, starts ringing as he hangs over the side of a bridge, preparing to drop the shotguns into the River Thames.
MeetMeinMontauk
MeetMeinMontauk

Super Reviewer

January 23, 2010
Well... considering I'm not sure I understood every third word, I think it ranked very high! Okay, it wasn't that bad. Maybe every fifth word.
Still, lovely puzzling plot with lots of humor and British slang. One thing I really appreciated about this film was the cut away from violence. In modern films it's so rarely done, so when it is I appreciate it. Not that I mind violence. Not at all. But sometimes it can get a little blase.
It was fun and funny and just nail-biting enough if you came to like the four main guys as I did.
Drew S

Super Reviewer

January 21, 2007
So fun and so energetic, but I really wish I knew what the fuck was going on in it.
Conner R

Super Reviewer

January 3, 2010
Just an all around amazing movie. I can't think of a time where the movie isn't either making you laugh or giving you a perfect heist storyline. It's one of the ultimate pulp tales of all time and nothing short of brilliance. It improves upon everything done in Pulp Fiction and makes it more than a criticism of pop culture violence and storytelling. Guy Ritchie's directing is a lot more humble, stylish and fun. The writing is rich and full, but without anything too heavy handed or outlandish. Vinnie Jones was one of my favorite aspects of the entire movie, his relentlessness knew no bounds and he's also the most devoted father. Jason Statham also proves himself to be a god as Bacon, the street peddler and badass extraordinaire. Nick Moran and Jason Flemyng are a great addition to the cast and make you fall in love with the movie even more. It's everything you go to the movies in hopes to see.
Richard C

Super Reviewer

June 25, 2010
funny and exciting, a great movie, I loved it. A-
Al S

Super Reviewer

September 23, 2006
Outrageously funny, stylish and original. Hysterical and brilliant. A barrels blazing good time. Non-stop fun. A brilliant crime comedy that packs plenty of twist, colorful characters and unraveling plot. Director, Guy Richie is a gifted and talented filmmaker that guides a very talented and charming cast. A wicked soundtrack. Loaded with bullets, great laughs and terrific surprises. You wont be able to get enough of this flick because it's so much fun.
Alice S

Super Reviewer

December 12, 2009
It's fine. Some cool lines and twists. I knew what was going on the entire time, but I still felt confused while watching, which leads me to believe this movie is much ado about something mediocre.
middleeasternfilms
middleeasternfilms

Super Reviewer

May 17, 2008
Have you seen Snatch and RocknRolla? Then you no doubt started out with this film. Guy's movies are all pretty much the same, which isn't always a bad thing if you're really into the British gangster thing. He's a supreme dialogue writer, maybe second only to Tarantino and his films are never boring but they may get a bit old if he stays on track like this.
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