LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS: DVD
Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty) runs a high-stakes card game, and young sharp Eddy (Nick Moran) wants in. With the help of his friends Tom (Jason Flemyng), Bacon (Jason Statham) and Soap (Dexter Fletcher), Eddy scrapes together the necessary £100,000. But the game is rigged and Eddy finds himself in debt to Hatchet Harry to the tune of £500,000 - and worse, Harry holds the other three just as responsible for payment. This puts all four in danger of losing fingers, among other things, if the money isnít forthcoming in a week. They decide to pull a scam of their own, which involves ripping off some drug dealers. In the meantime, Hatchet Harry is pursuing two rare antique firearms around London. The whole thing quickly spirals out of control.
Review by David Edwards:
Set in North London, where Cockney is the idiom of choice, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a funny old lemon & lime (crime) movie. It has a hackneyed set-up, some fairly average acting, and a plot with more holes than a sieve - but none of that matters!
The vigour and pace of the film simply sweep you along, so you hardly notice its flaws. Populated by larger-than-life characters, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels has an easy charm, plenty of humour and a cheeky attitude; even though it is punctuated with moments of quite extreme violence.
The inevitable, but largely pointless, comparisons will be made to Trainspotting, as it seems just about every contemporary British film must be judged by reference to it. First-timer Guy Ritchie brings what could have been a lethargic story to life with his stylish and energetic direction. Nick Moran marks himself as a young actor to watch as the streetwise but charming Eddy; and P.H. Moriarty is also great as the ruthless Hatchet Harry.
Unfortunately, some of the other actors put in fairly wooden performances; but it must be said that in certain cases, their characters are little more than caricatures. Although a triumph of style over substance, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels has plenty of gags and plenty of action - in short, itís a tin bath (laugh).
Published June 3, 2004
Email this article
LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS: DVD (M15+)
CAST: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Steven Mackintosh, Vinnie Jones, Sting, Lenny McLean, P.H. Moriaty, Steve Sweeney, Frank Harper
DIRECTOR: Guy Ritchie
SCRIPT: Guy Ritchie
RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: n/a
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Universal
DVD RELEASE: March 24, 2004