December 6, 2023 | Rome, Italy

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

By |2018-03-21T18:30:08+01:00March 1st, 2004|Reviews|


Date: 1998

Director: Guy Ritchie

Starring: Nick Moran, Dexter Fletcher, Jason Flemyng, Jason Statham


uy Ritchie is all about gags and pacing. When he’s on his game — and he is here — he synchronizes characters, images, and music into a mixture of screwball comedy and brass knuckles noir. Four wannabe London stiffs screw up a card game they expect to win and owe an East End thug, Hatchet “Harry” Lonsdale, a lot more cash than they have — and Harry ain’t happy. But the scheme they concoct to make it right spins out of control and the movie accelerates Tarantino-like into a hilariously vicious scam-fest with guns blazing. The boys, Eddy (Nick Moran), Soap (Dexter Fletcher), Tom (Jason Flemyng), and Bacon (Jason Statham) are comic gumption to watch. P.H. Moriarty mugs his way through Hatchet. Even Sting (Eddy’s father) gets a turn.

About the Author:

Hong Kong based David Trask is a longtime freelance movie reviewer.