a laugh ain't ya?"
Eddie (Moran) was the best card player in London but he needed
money to play in a high stakes poker game that could make him a load of
cash. Borrowing from his life long friends, Tom (Flemyng), Soap (Fletcher)
and Bacon (Statham), they believe they are betting on a sure thing but when
Eddie loses he gets them in a whole world of trouble because he now owes
Harry 'the Hachette' Lonsdale (Moriarty) ú500,000. With only one week to
pay, Eddie and the lads have to come up with a plan on how they will get
When it comes to naming the best British movie of the 90s
there is one movie that stands out and that is 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking
Guy Ritchie and producer Matthew Vaughn announced themselves
to the world and reinvigorated the British gangster movie genre with this
film. Influenced by the classics like 'Get Carter' and 'The Long Good Friday',
the movie throws the genre into the Brit Pop influenced 90s and mixes in
a huge helping of comedy.
It is this mix that makes 'Lock, Stocků' stand out in an over
crowded genre and its success spawned numerous imitations on both sides
of the Atlantic. This set the standard for cool and funny gangster comedies
and pushed Guy Ritchie into the same league as US indie superstar directors
like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriquez. With this success came the
trappings of fame. Marriage to the most famous woman on the planet, Madonna,
big stars wanting to appear in this movies and been heralded as the next
big thing in movie. He lived up to his potential with his follow up 'Snatch'
but his third and fourth movies 'Swept Away' and 'Revolver' were box office
and critical disasters. With the jury now out on his potential but when
you want 'Lock, Stocků' and 'Snatch', you know that Ritchie has the potential
to be a great of British cinema.
Combining visual style and a quality script is what made 'Lock,
Stocků' such a hit but it is the performances from a then virtually unknown
cast that really made the movie a cult classic. Nick Moran leads the line
as Eddie, the overly confident gambler who gets the wool well and truly
pulled over his eyes during a high stakes poker game with local mobster
'Hatchet' Harry Lonsdale. This is a role that Moran revels in and one that
he has been dining on ever since. Dexter Fletcher plays the sceptical cook
Soap and easily makes the step from the small screen to the big screen,
after been such a favourite in hit children's show 'Press Gang'. Jason Flemyng
provides some fantastic one-liners as Tom, in a role that got him noticed
by the Hollywood big wigs.
It is Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones that gained the most
out of the movie. The combination of their performances in this movie and
Ritchie's follow up 'Snatch' that made Hollywood take notice. Jason Statham's
career has rocked since this film and not in the comedic way you have might
have expected. He is now an action star and one that is flying the flag
in a genre that is dominated by the US and Asian. Vinnie Jones became the
first football (soccer) player to become a Hollywood actor after starring
in the movie. His role as hard man enforcer Chris would lead to roles in
'Swordfish', 'Gone in 60 Seconds' and 'X-Men: The Last Stand'.
'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' is rightfully considered
a cult classic. It reinvigorated the British film industry in the 90s and
reinforced the 'Cool Britannia' label that the country was revelling at
the time. This is the movie that launched many careers and were the highlights
of other but the film will be remembered for showing that British filmmakers
can produces independent movies that visual stylish, extremely well written
and downright cool.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1, the
movie is presented well.
Locked 'N Loaded Unrated Director's Cut
With an extra nineteen minutes of bonus footage reinserted for this special
DVD release the movie now runs at 127 minutes. The extra footage consists
of more interaction between the lads, with more one-liners and high jinx
that will have fans lapping it up. This does improve the film slightly
because any more time with our favourite characters is always a bonus.
One Smoking Camera (11.09 mins)
Director of photography Tim Maurice, editor Niven Howie and visual effects
designer Simon Gosling take you through the storyboards, camera set ups,
lighting and frame cutting techniques used to create the suitcase chase,
the drunk scene, the girl with the gun and Eddie loosing at cards.
Lock, Stock and Two F**king Barrels (1.52 mins)
A montage of clips from the film that highlight the use of the f-word
at key moments in the movie
Previews of 'Inside Man', 'Scarface' and 'Waist Deep'
While having the extended director's cut of the movie is a real bonus
to fans, the rest of the extra features are very lacklustre. The lack
of a commentary to talk about the extra scenes is the biggest disappointment
however. Fans will love the new version of the movie but will lament on
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