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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Movie Review: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

So if you were a filmmaker around the time that Pulp Fiction came out, chances are that one of the ideas that you would toss around would be how to make a similar film without remaking it.  In the case of Guy Ritchie, he created the cult favorite Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.

For those of you that haven't seen the film, Jason Statham and Nick Morgan join Dexter Fletcher and Jason Flemyng as a pair of friends that cook up what they devise to be a brilliant scheme.  They get together the cash to buy-in a high stakes three card poker game.  They hope to turn £100,000 into millions.  There is just one problem.  The guys get taken for their money plus another £500,000.  If they don't pay the money back in a week, the house starts getting a five finger discount, one finger at a time.

The friends then decide that the best way to get back their money is to steal a couple of antique shotguns from a guy and just like the game, things do not go as they expected.  Several other substories develop over the course of the movie, but we will let you find out what those are.

Much like Pulp Fiction, this movie makes use of not only larger than life characters and situations, but fantastic dialogue between the actors.  In addition to the classic dialogue, they also use some excellent camera work to keep things moving and keep the comedy flowing.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is the movie that helped to launch the careers of both Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie.  It is also a movie that is constantly quoted by film geeks and cult movie fans.  This is a film that you should watch at least once.  Check out your local Wal-Mart or Redbox for a copy, or logon to Ebay and find out why millions love this film.


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