Cockney boys Tom, Soap, Eddie and Bacon are in a bind; they owe seedy criminal and porn king "Hatchet" Harry a sizeable amount of cash after Eddie loses half a million in a rigged game of poker. Hot on their tails is a thug named Big Chris who intends to send them all to the hospital if they don't come up with the cash in the allotted time. Add into the mix an incompetent set of ganja cultivators, two dimwitted robbers, a "madman" with an afro, and a ruthless band of drug dealers and you have an astonishing movie called Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Before the... boys can blink, they are caught up in a labyrinth of double-crosses that lead to a multitude of dead bodies, copious amounts of drugs, and two antique rifles. Written and directed by talented newcomer Guy Ritchie, this is one of those movies that was destined to become an instant cult classic à la Reservoir Dogs. Although some comparisons were drawn between Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino, it would be unfair to discount the brilliant wit of the story and the innovative camerawork that the director brings to his debut feature. Not since The Krays has there been such an accurate depiction of the East End and its more colourful characters. Indicative of the social stratosphere in London, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a hilarious and at times touching account of friendships and loyalty. The director and his mates (who make up most of the cast) clearly are enjoying themselves here. This comes across in some shining performances, in particular from ex-footballer Vinnie Jones (Big Chris) and an over-the-top Vas Blackwood (as Rory Breaker), who very nearly steals the show. Full of quirky vernacular and clever tension-packed action sequences, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a triumph--a perfect blend of intelligence, humour and suspense. --Jeremy Storey [show more]
Guy Ritchie directed this film in the days before he became known as Mr Madonna and before the critics started panning everything he did.
This is a darkly comic and at time brutally violent caper through London's seedy underbelly.
The action is triggered by the group of lads at the centre of the plot losing a huge amount of money in a card game, trouble is it wasn't entirely their money to lose! They quickly become embroiled in the criminal fraternity on their doorstep in order to pay their debts with something other than their kneecaps.
With prices currently under 3 quid this is hard to resist, it's less than the cost of a rental and you can guarantee you'll laughing and wincing your way throughout this film. Probably both when it comes to seeing Sting, one of the most famous Geordies around, playing the Cockney father of one of the boys.
The film was a big enough success to be followed up by a series on Channel 4 so if you like this then there will be more to get your teeth into.
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After losing all their money to London crime boss Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty) in a card game, twentysomething friends Eddy (Nick Moran), Tom (Jason Flemyng), Soap (Dexter Fletcher) and Bacon (Jason Statham) decide to steal from their drug-dealing neighbour, Dog. Using guns stolen from burglars in the employ of Harry, the quartet carry out their heist, leaving their money at Eddy's. However, as they set about disposing of the evidence, they are unaware that there is more to their firearms than they thought...
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play A brutally comic tale about a group of London friends who find themselves deep in debt to an East End tough LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS is quick-paced stylized and highly entertaining In his debut feature film director-writer Guy Ritchie weaves a tangled web of shady blithely eccentric characters and several storylines all of them coming together in a gleeful explosion of murder and mayhem When streetwise charmer Eddy (Nick Moran) the son of steely bar owner JD (Sting) botches a gambling scheme with his dad&39;s nemesis porn king Hatchet Harry (PH Moriarty) he&39;s got one week to come up with 500000 pounds or he loses his fingers--and so do his friends Tom (Jason Flemyng) Bacon (Jason Statham) and Soap (Dexter Fletcher) While the pals scheme to make the money Harry indulges his penchant for valuable antique shot guns stolen for him by a couple of inept burglars Soon the missing guns a paranoid group of marajuana growers a mean-spirited debt collector (Vinnie Jones) and his young son and a violent bunch of thugs are all thrown together in this tightly-woven genuinely funny story that takes its inspiration from old British comic gangster flicks like THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN and more recent films like RESERVOIR DOGS and THE USUAL SUSPECTS Age Rating 18