Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

British Gangster Movie #8

Synopsis: It’s 107 minutes of brutal violence and strange insults uttered in impenetrable Cockney accents.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “a disgrace to criminals everywhere.”

What Did I Learn?: If you’re going to grow – and sell – large quantities of dope in your apartment, you probably shouldn’t buy a big bag of fertilizer when you go out shopping for a money-counter, and you probably need something more substantial for protection than an air rifle.

Really?: So, one of the boys has an amazing ability to “read” people’s faces, and he gets conned in a crooked card game. Funny how this talent is never once used, and the boys never find out it was all fixed.

Rating: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a rollicking, and surprisingly funny low-budget gangster film with a clever script and some nice performances. Watch for Sting in a small role. Highly recommended. 9/10 stars.

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