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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Guy Ritchie delivers a fantastic masterpiece with this, his first feature-length film. The film follows the lives of multiple people that are all involved with each other, whether they know it or not. From the hilarious aspects of the film, such as the ironic humor (a la Barry having the nickname The Baptist because he drowns people for Hatchet Harry) or laugh-out-loud situations (the hilarious ending sequences), to the dramatic and violent parts (drowning, bludgeoning and shooting of people is involved), this film is extremely well-crafted and contains some Ritchie-Favorites, such as Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones.

The film centers around Jason Statham, Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher and Nick Moran as they attempt to win big money in a blackjack competition against porn-advocate Hatchet Harry, who wants his personal aide Barry The Baptist (his name described from previous explanation) to get two very old shotguns for him. He then hires two idiotic thieves who attempt to steal them, but steal the wrong guns, leaving Harry’s “last-resorter” Big Chris (Vinnie Jones) to claim them. At the same time, the neighbors of Statham, Flemyng, Fletcher and Moran are drug dealers who intend on robbing marijuana growers (Steven Mackintosh, Nicholas Rowe) for all that they have. All of whom are connected to each other in some way.

Best Aspects: Good writing, better acting, and even better direction. Guy Ritchie is an amazing director who can write with the best of them, and with the mix of his work with the great acting of the film, it is excellent.

Bottom Line: A+. Instant Classic.

2 thoughts on “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”

  1. Maybe it’s just because I’d recently seen Gangster No. 1, which Lock Stock doesn’t hold a candle to, but I was really unimpressed with this film. The whole thing seemed to me to be Guy Ritchie (or the writer, or whoever) showing off how much Cockney rhyming slang he knew and how much he could possibly throw into the dialogue.

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