Title: “Snatch”
Year: 2000
Run Time: 103 mins
Genre: Action, Dark Comedy
Cast: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Alan Ford, Dennis Farina, Stephen Graham, Robbie Gee, Lennie James, Vinnie Jones, Benicio Del Toro
Director: Guy Ritchie

Turkish (Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham) are boxing promoters who wind up working with the ruthless Brick Top (Alan Ford), another boxing promoter of unscrupulous methods. Frankie Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) has just pulled a diamond heist and he’s en route back to New York when Boris the Blade hires two goons, Vinnie (Robbie Gee) and Sol (Lennie James) to jump him while he’s in London. Turkish and Tommy meet Mickey O’Neil (Brad Pitt), a gypsy bare knuckle boxing pro, after he puts their star fighter in the hospital. Cousin Avi Denovitz (Dennis ‘always-the-foul-mouthed-gangster’ Farina) gets concerned when Frankie goes missing and goes to London to look for Frankie. He hires Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) to find out the whereabouts of Frankie and an 86 carat diamond he is carrying. The story then evolves to reveal how each of the character’s plots are interconnected and culminates in a series of stand-offs.

“What do I know about diamonds? I’m a boxing promoter. I was a happy boxing promoter until about a week ago and then. What do I know about diamonds?”

Guy Ritchie once again delivers a brilliantly directed story with great characters and even better humour. The witty dialogue leaves you very entertained as you’re taken through the intricate web of character plots. It’s great movie that, although has outline similarities with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, still feels quite individual and a stand alone story. Most people draw comparisons to this and the earlier movie, I like to think it’s a case of doing what you know works. It’s a perfect blend of dark comedy and action. The large ensemble and various plots does not get distracting but in fact reels you in. There is also some great cinematography and I particularly enjoyed one scene where Brick Top explains to Vinnie and Sol his preferred body disposal technique.

What works:
The witty humor, the action in the stand-off scenes are pretty good. The cinematography is pretty good. Alan Ford plays his role to perfection as does Vinnie Jones. Rade Sherbedegia also does well as Boris the Blade.

What doesn’t work:
Brad Pitt performance would have been great, save only for his unintelligible Gypsy accent. If you’re not used to the Brit accents, you may want to watch it again to grasp all the plot details that given through the dialogue. You also have to wonder why it’s would be easier to chop a hand off than it is to a cut a chain.

Who will enjoy this movie:
This movie is great fun for everyone, guys and gals, young and old. Fans of British cinema will not want to miss having this in their collection. The language is a bit strong for kids though.

Must see? Yes. Must Have? Yes.

My Score: 9.5 out of 10

“-You take sugar?
– No, thank you Turkish. I’m sweet enough.”

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