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Firstly, i would like to make it clear that this is just a review of the film and not the DVD.
Duration 1 hour 44 mins
Rating 18 years of age
Snatch for me was always a film that i had heard my friends talk about, but had not actually seen myself. Released in 2000 the film is directed by Guy Ritchie and is a your typical British Gangster movie, although it is rather comical in parts too. Ricthie to be fair did manage to attract some rather big names for this and they don't come much bigger than Brad Pitt who plays traveller bare knuckle boxing champion Mickey O'Neil. Pitts accent is superb in this and he moves seamlessly from Jewish robber to Irish gypsy with ease and appears natural in both roles. Also cast is Jason Statham as Turkish, footballs hard man come Hollwood actor Vinnie Jones as bounty hunter Bullet Tooth Tony, Mike Reid as Doug The Head (jeweller) and Stephen Graham as Tommy (Turkish's business partner).
A crazy crime thriller. The film really encompasses many things, but focusses mainly on the dodgey dealings of the diamond industry, armed robbery, gangsters, bare knuckle fixed boxing and illegal betting. The story is told by Turkish who narates all of the way through the film. This is good in the sense you know whats going on, but the sound of Jason Stathams gets a tad annoying after half an hour or so. It's more of a comedy really than a genuine ganster film, but there are some brutal scenes.
The plot really is about the battle between rival persons and gang members as they battle to get hold of a 84 carat diamond. The diamond changes hands many times along the way and people end up doing things which they never would have imagined in an effort to get hold of it. The battle comes down to untrustworthy boxing champ Mickey and his pals and the east end gangsters - but who wins and what happens along the way? Well, many people get hurt and many people get insulted using a lorry full of one liners, but thats all i'm going to say on that.
So is it actually any good?:
For me the film is very easy viewing, has a simple and uncomplicated plot and is quite funny - laugh out loud funny in places. It's rather predictable, but then the one liners and ridiculous antics of the main players along the way make up for this. British gangster movies have got better in the last ten years, it's just a shame that this one was made in the year 2000. Layer Cake is much better than this and i find Jason Statham is a poor mans Daniel Craig; you just have to look at whats happened to the pair of them since - Craig is now 007 Bond and Statham has been dumped by Kelly Brook! A crushing blow!
I give it four stars ****
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Generally speaking, in the film world, Guy Ritchie is more of a genre than a director. His films all seem to follow suit. Most involve copious levels of violence, classic gangster crime, and Vinnie Jones. He never makes a feminine film. In fact, he's about as masculine as directors come.
His 2000 film Snatch. (to give it its correct punctuation) certainly followed this trend. Coming just two years after Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch. was effectively a sequel with different characters. If you like one, you'll like the other. If you hate one, you'll hate the other.
Focused almost entirely on crime and violence, it appears there'd be a direct correlation between your enjoyment of this and your levels of testosterone. Actually, there's hardly a girl in the whole movie.
Sort of like an all-guns-blazing-Jeremy Clarkson-style film, Snatch. doesn't stop short of crossing the line. Basically everything goes, whether that be dangerous levels of gypsy racism, a Croatian Russian who comes back more times than Terminator, or a completely random that storyline that effectively boils down to Jason Statham wanting to buy a caravan.
I only watched Snatch. 11 years after it was released and unfortunately, I feel as if I've been missing out. It is certainly one of the better films I've seen in a long while, if not the best 'gangster' film I can recall ever seeing.
The film begins with Statham's hard man Gorgeous George (Adam Fogerty) - and his sidekick Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire's Al Capone) - heading to a campsite to buy a caravan from some gypsies. Quite an odd beginning for a film, but bear with it. Led by impossible-to-understand Brad Pitt, he certainly plays a character outside of his comfort zone, even if he would be easier to understand should he have spoken in Morse code.
Nevertheless, they somehow manage to string together a deal which, perhaps unfairly, stereotypically falls through almost instantaneously leaving a substantially angry Statham, a substantially tickled Pitt, and ultimately a substantially doomed camp site.
Add to that the small matter of a stolen 84-carat diamond, an underground bent unlicensed boxing scene, a pretend-Jewish Mike Reid, and a traveller's dog who'd serve well as a homing pigeon and you've got the grounds for one of the most random and original films to ever come out of Madonna's kitchen.
Some of the sub-links and minor plots in this will have you guessing even after they've happened. Ritchie has really put together a superbly clever movie, yet disguised it as a hard-man simple movie that thinks it's all about shooting and stabbing people.
The main plot is unlikely to have you gripped beyond containment, but in a way I think that's part of the charm. It's not necessarily the backbone that you fall in love with, it's all the condiments and accessories that go with it. All those little things that really do set it apart from the rest. A great film, really great. Definitely recommended.
Snatch is the second film from Guy Ritchie, and though it's much the same as Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels in terms of plot and construction and even cast, this is still a huge amount of fun, has some cracking action and some of Guy Ritchie's trademark one liners. It also benefits from a big name, that name being Brad Pitt, who is on top form along with the rest of the cast that includes Jason Statham, Benecio Del Toro, Alan Ford and Vinnie Jones.
Turkish (Statham) is a very ambitious young boxing promoter who also owns an games arcade. He also has a partner called Tommy, who is a bit useless at times, but is very loyal to Turkish. At the beginning, the two men are sat in a dark room with a third person who we never see. Turkish acts as narrator.
We then cut to Antwerp, where a group of Rabbis walk into a jewellers. Suddenly, they all break out guns. It turns out they're robbers lead by Frankie Four Fingers (Benecio Del Toro), who are all after a large diamond. They are able to get the diamond and Frankie then travels to England. Before he leaves, he has to give up his gun. So upon arrival in England, he has to see Boris 'The Blade' to get a gun.
Meanwhile, Turkish has set up a fight. He wants his boxer to fight against another boxer who is managed by 'Brick Top' Pilford (Alan Ford), who is a very ruthless gangland man. He also controls betting offices and has a thing for Pigs. The fight is set up, and Turkish knows that this is his chance.
However, his fighter 'Gorgeous George' is hurt when he fights against a gypsy. Turkish is now in trouble, but after speaking to Brick Top is allowed to use the gypsy fighter as his own.
At the same time, several people learn about Frankie Four Fingers and the diamond. They try to get the diamond from him, and soon become involved with Brick Top as one of his betting offices is robbed as well.
Both stories become intertwined in typical Guy Ritchie fashion, and they both lead to a really fabulous climax.
There is no doubt that this is a very fun film, and has some wonderful action, some sparkling dialogue and some brilliant acting. The only thing that really lets this down is the fact that it's the same plot as Lock Stock. However, it's only a very small issue, and doesn't make this any less enjoyable. It's still a relentless film from Guy Ritchie.
The acting in this is also brilliant. Jason Statham is much himself as always, and Vinnie Jones is the same as well. But both are very entertaining all the same. Alan Ford as Brick Top is outstanding. But the man who steals this is Brad Pitt as Mickey, the gypsy fighter who we never understand.
Overall, a very entertaining film that is pretty relentless with its action, and has some cracking one liners.
I love British gangster movies and think the British have the best humour so when you put it together what do you get? Snatch! This movie never fails to crack me up and there is just so much going on you never have a chance to get bored.
This 2000 crime film is set in the London criminal underground and is directed and written by British film maker Guy Ritchie. The film follows a similar theme to Guy Ritchie's first film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels which includes some of the previous cast who played minor roles. The film is starring an array of talent including Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, Mike Reid, Vinnie Jones.
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, a picky boxer that who won't stay down, violent gangster bookmakers, a Russian gangster who likes too cut people up, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers and a priceless stolen diamond.
This is great stuff and if you haven't seen it go and find the DVD and watch it. They have done a great job of giving you all you want from a British gangster movie but with the right mix of comedy. The story is great fun and the dialogue is brilliant it's hard for any actor not shine. The cast are brilliant and each character is unique and interesting. It's really hard to say there is one outstanding performance because all the actors did a great job. This will have you glued to the screen and your sides will be bursting with laughter. I just love the fact there are so many characters in there different scenes who are kind of connected to each other and somehow it all come together at the end. Definatley one for your DVD collection.
Turkish and Tommy are two friends who think they can wheel and deal their way through life. But pretty soon, when they get caught up with gangsters and gypsys, they realise that they are small fish in a very big, back-stabbing pond. Guy Ritchie's follow up to Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels was another step on the British gangster trail that has become a popular genre over the past decade or so, and Snatch manages to bring some of the magic of Lock Stock, but in a better way, with more twists and a certain sense of sophistication that Lock Stock's raw nature lacked.
First choice for a hardnosed British role at the moment is Statham, and his roles in Snatch and films such as the Transporter helped this very much. Here, as Turkish, he is dominant of the two bumbling wannabe crooks, and they are merely the central focal point of the many different plotlines going on. Ritchie brings in a number of recognisable faces, the nail in the coffin being Brad Pitt as an excellent bareknuckle gypsy boxer, One-Punch Mickey. His Irish accent is impressive, albeit mumbled throughout (perhaps deliberate due to potential accent issues), and as Turkish and Tommy (played by Stephen Graham) encounter him on one side, and gangster Brick Top (Alan Ford) on the other, the world of match fixing in boxing is their oyster.
But anyone who knows Guy Ritchie's films knows that there is always more than meets the eye. His way of filming gives the facts rather quickly, flicking from scene to scene with a voiceover explaining the missing facts and giving us a very comprehensive view of what is going on. There are twists galore, with flashbacks and side scenes, the intricate storylines being slowly but surely woven together as the film nears its end. The threats and one-liners are present and accounted for, as they need to be these days in British gangster films as a matter of course, and they come from all over. Stars such as Vinnie Jones, Benicio Del Toro, our very own Mike Reid (rest his soul), Jason Flemyng, Denis Farina and the superbly cast Ade as Tyrone are all on form, and the magic is able to shine through by not letting any of these big names do any screen hogging. They are all used in the right measure, often going for quite a while without making an appearance. It works brilliantly.
The scriptwriters and Ritchie's direction make this an enjoyable watch, and the sort of film you could watch over and over. There is a lot of swearing, so be warned, and there is a lot of violence as well, particularly when the boxing is involved. The slow motion shots in the boxing ring with Brad Pitt are very impressive, by the way. Snatch is possibly the best of Ritchie's offerings, and he is usually on the money. This isn't going to be for everyone, and the plot is very back and forth. You do have to pay attention otherwise you'll miss things. However, it's not so complicated that you need all your focus to get what's going on. It's more the chance of missing the visual tricks and clues if you don't pay attention.
Snatch is a great film. I love watching it and could do so over and over again quite easily. You can get it for virtually nothing at the moment, and if you do get a chance to watch, I urge you to do so. Violent and with a lot of swearing, but if you're a fan of Ritchie's work, you'll be hard pushed to find a better one. Recommended.
FILM ONLY REVIEW
At the very start of the film we meet Turkish and his colleague Tommy who are sitting behind a desk and they tell us about a week ago when they had to organise a boxing match and the result of the weeks events, as a result of these we get to see just what happened in this week and the outcome of it all. We then move to another part of London where Frankie Four Fingers and his gang are taking on a robbery of a massive diamond and they get lucky and leave the place with the diamond but as a result word gets around that Frankie has the diamond so the other greedy gangs of London set about trying to get it.
Back to Turkish who is trying to organise the fight, he decides that he needs a new caravan so sends Tommy and fighter Gorgeous George to the local Gypsy community to buy him one but when here they are duped and as a result George gets killed in a fight with One Punch Mickey O'Neil who is the bare Knuckle boxing champ. Turkish is at a loss now his fighter is dead but decides to do a deal with the gypsies and get Mickey to fight for them. Turkish finally gets Brick Top to put his man against the new fighter but with the condition that he goes down in the fourth round.
Meanwhile the gangs are still after the diamond and they are not doing too well, it sees American Avi, cousin to jewellery retailer Doug the Head come over to help with the tracking of the diamond.
The gangs all get mixed up and they never actually know who has the diamond and when the diamond owner gets mixed up with the boxing match things really do get confusing and a lot of people get killed all over the diamond. But just who will end up leaving alone with the diamond and will Turkish get Mickey to take a dive in the fourth round so he can walk away from the fight alive?
I will apologise now for the plot summery but the film is very confusing and you really do need to watch it carefully to fully understand what is happening but I have done the best that I could trying not to give too much of it away for those who have not yet seen this film.
I will admit that I was conned into watching this film as it really did not appeal to me but hubby told me Daniel Craig was in it and he knows I really do like him so I agreed and sat down waiting for him to make an appearance, this never came but I have to say I was very surprised when Brad Pitt came on screen so this did make up for his little lie! The storyline was good and along the lines of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels with the way the gangs were in London and all getting mixed up with each other and killed, the one difference with this storyline though was the absence of drugs and the use of a diamond and boxing match instead. I though it was very cleverly made and written and when it all finally came together at the end I was quit surprised by how I did enjoy it.
Jason Stratham played the role of Turkish and I have to say he was not quite as I expected him to be as I have only ever really seen him playing the hard man but in this film he was slightly mellower and not so trigger or fist happy, it was nice to see a slightly softer side to him. He worked well and there was a good banter with him and his partner Tommy, played by Stephen Graham, I liked how the character of Tommy came across as being quite thick as this did bring a good bit of humour to the storyline.
The one stand out role for me in the film had to be that from Brad Pitt who played the bare knuckle fighting champion, Mickey O'Neil. I would never have placed him in this film and he did a super job. I did find his Irish accent very hard to understand at times but this was forgiven every time he took his top off to fight! One criticism I have with his character was the pant he wore and the ones we got to see a lot of when his caravan got burnt, they really were repulsive and did for a few seconds put me right of him. He too worked well with his close gypsy friends and the one I liked was the character which Jason Flyming played, he was a good and close friend and for the few scenes they were together they had a good chemistry.
There were an awful lot of supporting actors in this film and way to may to name but I will speak of a few which in my eyes gave the best performance, they included, Mike Reed who played Doug The Head Denovitz, Vinnie Jones as Bullet Tooth Tony and Alan Ford as Brick Top. Despite them all being involved with crime, killing and gangs they were all very different in the way they came across and this made the film more interesting as it gave the storyline some depth and did not show the gangsters as all being the same.
The film was set in London and the costumes, sets and props were all very good. We did have a lot of guns involved and they all looked very real and authentic. I think the special effects which were used were very good and all fitted into the film very well, they all looked very real and at no point did I think they looked bad or cheaply made. The music was average and none of the tracks really stood out for me which was a bit of a let down.
The film is listed as a comedy but for me it certainly was not, don't get me wrong there are some very funny moments in the film and some parts which did make me just giggle but there is no way I would say this is a crime comedy, there is just to much violence and blood for it to be classed as such.
As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak of. The running time of the film is 104 minutes and the certificate is an 18 and I do agree with this due to the high level of violence and bad language. The film is available to buy on DVD from Amazon for just a few pounds.
I am going to recommend this film as I was very surprised by it, it contained a lot of great acting, a very complex but interesting and good storyline and we did have some good funny parts. This is definitely ranking highly against other British films such as Layer Cake and Lock Stock and I do say that if you have not watched it yet and you can stand the violence then go and get yourself the DVD!
If you haven't seen this film then you are seriously missing out. Snatch is a classic british comedy from Guy Ritchie that just doesn't disapoint.
The film is basically about gangs, the story revolves partly around the diamond and the gangs meet up at several stages, with the diamond exchanging hands on several occasions. The gangs vary from travellers to jews to your standard 3 man band.
The other part that the story revolves around is a guy called Turkish, he gets his friend roped into a bare knuckle boxing fight which he loses and cannot fight again. He then has to rely on the gypsy that laid him off to fight for him, things then just go from bad to worse for them all.
Snatch contains some classic quotes which you will remember and repeat over and over again, I have done for years with my friends. The film also has some great actors such as Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones and Brad Pitt, they play their parts very well in the film.
This film is a must have for your collection, it also appears to have gone down now to arround the £3 mark therefore simply cannot be missed. With characters called Bullet Tooth Tony, Brick Top and Turkish this really is a funny film, not one for the kids though so please be aware of that!
I hope you take the time to watch this film if you are remotely interested in it, because it won't let you down.
Snatch is possibly the greatest movie of all time. It has everything you could want from a movie. British Gangsters, pissed of gypos, illegal boxing, guns, money, an 86 carat diamond, bent jewellers, a mental Vinnie Jones, a Russian who won't die, interlinking characters and brilliant acting all add up to make this movie what it is, brilliant. For anyone who has watched other Guy Ritchey films and enjoyed them this will instantly become one of your favourite films because it is, in my opinion, Guy Ritchie at his best. The way that all the characters are running various plots and as they all screw up in various ways it affects each other's plans in interlinking ways in brilliant. The plot is complex but easy enough to follow and whilst been comical at times the film also leaves the viewer intrigued into the lives of the characters. All of this adds together to make one of the best movies I've ever seen and I definitely recommend it.
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Written by: Guy Ritchie
Benicio Del Toro
Turkish (Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham) enter into the vicious world of unlicensed boxing promotions with infamous Brick Top (Alan Ford). The arrangement of a typical ringside bout turns into trouble however when an unexpected problem occurs and when their boxer is beaten down. In order to resolve this Turkish and Tommy try and convince the 'pikey' (Brad Pitt) who took down their boxer to take his place in the rigged scandal, not only to fight, but to also lose.
Meanwhile while all this is taking place a diamond heist is going down. Moving from a group of robbers, to a diamond expert to a thief to a further gang and eventually to a crazy Russian arms dealer, all hell breaks loose.
Jason Statham plays the role of goody but baddy ring leader perfectly, keeping good friend Tommy out of trouble. With the look, the voice and the eyes of a scandalous wheeler dealer with attitude, Jason plays the role keeping to it throughout whilst also showing fear in certain scenes suiting the character. Alan Ford plays a great role of the notorious mob boss. While looking like more of a geeky farmer, he gets the fear and aggressiveness out straight away on screen. He plays the man not to mess with, especially as his pigs can seem pretty hungry on his farm!
The storyline itself tells the tale of two separate stories with small links. The film can jump from one to the next but it doesn't disturb the film at all. Both of these are very fun to watch keeping you on edge throughout as problems arise needing to be solved; however there is never an easy solution.
There are many scenes of violence throughout the film which some viewers may not like, but after reading the back of the DVD box I'm sure these viewers would realize to stay away.
There isn't really much bad to say about this film. Some viewers may not like the violence, but it is intentionally a violent film. I must admit there is a lot of swearing but this is all part of the acts from mobsters to gangsters to Russian arms dealers. Overall I don't think I can fault the film.
It's one of my favourite action films. Whilst its full of the typical violence, swearing and general shoot outs it's also got a lot of comedy to it which fits in perfectly. I enjoy the very believable acting as well as the storyline throughout. The swearing doesn't bother me as it isn't something I would worry about and I seem to think it fits in with character. Overall a definite recommendation.
I've never watch, nor had the urge to, a Guy ritchie film before. As a Ritchie 'virgin' I wasn't sure what to expect as his movies sometimes recieve quite mixed reviews.However, I am glad I decided to make the effort to watch Snatch. Though by no means exceptional it was a fast-paced, interesting and often funny film.
Set in gangland London Snatch tells the story of Turkish(Jason Statham), a boxing promoter who is forced into organising a fixed match by ruthless gnagster Brick Top(Alan Ford.) Brick Top's penchant for feeding those who cross him to pigs means Turkish takes this task very seriously. Aided by his sometimes rather hapless sidekick Tommy, (Stephen Graham) Turkish enlists an unpredictable irish gypsy to fight in the match. Unfortunately for Turkish the gyspy, Mickey O' Neill (Brad Pitt), seems to have a hard time understanding that as the match is rigged he must go down in the fourth round.
A second storyline is also in play centering around a diamond heist that has gone a little wrong. Frankie Four Fingers (Benico Del Toro,) a gangster with a gambling problem, has gone missing in London with an 86 carat diamond in his posession. The man to whom he was supposed to be delivering said diamon, Uncle Avi, is understandably worried and enlists the help of Bullet Tooth Tony(Vinnie Jones) to track Frankie down. However, Brick Top has also heard about the massive rock and is keen to get a part of the action. So who will get the diamond? And more importantly will Mickey go down in the 4th and save Turkish and Tommy's skins?
I found the film really easy to follow despite the numerous dodgily named characters and the dual storyline. The interlinking stories gave depth to the movie and stopped it becoming boring. There are plenty of funny moments in there too and the gags used are not overly repetitive and don't wear thin. The ending was well thought out and wrapped everything up nicely and the one big twist made sure the movie finished with a bang.
In general the acting was of a high standard and I thought the mix of British actors and Hollywood ones worked really well. Jason Statham gave a convincing performance with a good mix of comedic and dramatic moments. I also like his narration of the film as his voice is just amazing. Stephen Graham played his part really well too and showed that he deserves much more recognition for his film work. He managed to bring off the slightly more lovable character without appearing stupid. Alan Ford made a fantastic gangster who you could easily hate without remorse. Vinnie Jones suprised me by giving a good performance and relying on comedic timing and facial expressions rather than just "hard man" shouting. The only actor I was slightly disappointed with was Brad Pitt. Though his performance was good his accent really wasn't. I understand that the "pikey" (Ritchie's word not mine) accent is supposed to be a mix of irish and english but Pitt seemed to have gone for saying words as quickly ass possible in a poor irish accent.
There are a few other downsides to the film. Firstly, there are no characters to whom you have an emotional tie. To put it simply, I didn't care who died or why. Also, people who have seen some of Ritchie's other films tell me that they are all very samey and there is little new in each one. In truth it probably isn't the most original of films either.
The film is rated 18 and with good reason. There is a lot of violence and strong language that wouldn't be suitable for young viewers or for the easily offended.
The extras on the dvd are;
A making of featurette
Apparently there are also hidden extras but I've not bothered to look so can't say what these are.
Of the extras I've only watched th Making Of feature and though it isn't anything special it is interesting enough to warrant a look. It shows the relaxed and friendly relationship between the cast and crew and proves Ritchie to be a good but easy going director who takes pride in what he does.
Overall I was definitely impressed with the film and it exceeded my expectations. It kept my attention throughout and the number of characters popping in and out keeps the pace of the film going. It's isn't a thought-provoking film or one that's going to change the world but I'd recommend it nonetheless. A great watch particularly for anyone with a love of British cinema.
There was a time back when Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels came out that a lot of excitement was building around Guy Richie. The first couple of times watching that film it felt fun, it felt fresh (even using these old ideas) and it felt good to the see words British and Talent being joined is loving union again.
On the making of Snatch there was a similar hope building that we would be seeing an acknowledgement of a revival of respect for the British Film Industry, especially considering the cast of Hollywood stars who were present.
As with spectacular first albums, the temptation to upgrade a signature style but with a safe and successful formula is understandable. Whilst the gritty wit and lo-fi charm of Lock Stock made it feel as Cockney as a grimy Underground station, Snatch always feels like a Hollywood remake. It is "Apples and Pears" and "London Bridge", an awkward American view of the biggest city on this little island. Snatch is the more successful of the pair, and so the wider audience feel they are watching an authentic British flick, but sadly are served up a confirmation of their worst stereotypes.
The film itself was enjoyable and engaging enough the first time I saw it, back in 2002, but having settled into my Twenties now the dialogue seems forced and stylistic, and the whole plot slow and staged. Between the original watch and now films like Usual Suspects and Oceans Eleven have shown me more comfortable, gripping and interesting examples of this comedy/crime/heist genre I'm sorry to say.
This film is as British as they come! With a solid cast including Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones and the one and only Brad Pitt, it follows the inter-twining stories of gangsters, pawnbrokers and pikeys!
The first thing to expect it swearing and violence, but it's rarely done in malice and more to hihglight the underlying danger that this lifestyle entails. While Turkish is trying to keep the infamous Bricktop off his case, Mickey is not helping the situation (starring Brad Pitt as the unruly Pikey-turned-boxer). Pawnbrokers Sol and Vinnie then get into trouble involving a diamond which everyone is looking for and so the story unravels...
The script is brilliant and certainly one of Guy Ritchie's best (following Lock Stock was never going to be easy) but it should not be written of as ''another london gangster flick'' as it is also one of the best British comedies to date - beneath the violence and drama!
If you see one film, make it Snatch - if not just for the wonderful unruly Staffordshire Bull Terrier that takes center stage!
EVERYTHING THAT YOU WANT FOR A BRITISH GANGSTER FILM.
Brad Pitt plays an irish gypsie turned fighter, with Statham, as always, as a weeling and dealing man and no british gangster film can be complete without vinne jones as the bad guys lacky that seems to strike a liking in watchers.
If you like lock stock and two smoking barrells ull love this and it is the next film by guy ritchie. Its whitty storyline and idiot side characters make it and hillarious trip of mishap and unlucky encounters.
The plot of the film takes a winding viewpoint and you never really know as a watcher what will happen in the end until its happened. As always with guy ritchie films there is a brilliant soundtrack which perfectly compliments all the strange goings on and dealings within the film.
In my eyes a true classic that would be a disaster to miss. "You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity"!!
Snatch is one of those films you either love or hate, its Guy Ritchie which immediately gives it a distinctive tone and style.
Richie's films have a gangster feel to them and are matey in a way few of us can relate to but he has a formula with this and its predecessor which really work and make for an exciting, funny and thorougly charming film.
This is the follow up to the highly acclaimed Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and continues in the realm of shady characters and double dealing.
The film is about a priceless diamond, stolen by Frankie Four Fingers (Del Toro) and bringing it to London, therein cheeky cockney capers occur involving a budding entrepreneur (Jason Statham), a prize fighter (Brad Pitt), gangsters ranging from funny to scary (Mike Reid to Vinnie Jones).
Its a caper, a cockney crime caper and covers similar ground to Lock Stock but with a higher profile cast and a bit more creativity.
Is it any Good?
The film is an enjoyable romp, the soundtrack is superb, the style of shooting is similar in its punchy style to Richies original film, but it is more refined and the acting is much more realistic in many cases. The fights are pretty well handled although still have a touch of unrealisticness to them (Sorry not sure if thats a word).
Statham is good as the main character, a real ducker and diver, Pitt is decent in his role although his Irish accent is ok it is a distraction, Frank Butcher and Vinnie Jones are good fun as gangsters and Del Toro as always is a superb character actor. The plot weaves a dizzy spell and is really well crafted, it does draw you in and by the end you won't have spotted the sting that occurs, it really is a good lark and I think its easily as good as Lock Stock and is one of the better British films of the last 15 years.
The DVD is available as a 2 DVD boxset on Amazon for £3.98 there are loads of extras including a 'Making of', trailers, story boards, games, behind the scenes shots (Over 15 minutes) and commentaries, its great value and is a really good laugh.
Snatch is the sequel to Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels. Guy Richie has come back again with a good - if slightly predictable film. This film, like Lock Stock, follows the interwoven travels of various types of gangsters in London's criminal world.
The plot is very similar to Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels. Various groups of English and American gangsters and one Russian named Boris The Blade fight over a large stolen diamond. In the mean time Brad Pitt (the irish gypsy) has a number of illigal fights to win money for the english gangsters and to get his mum a new caravan.
Guy Richie directs the movie well and the Movie has an amazing soundtrack including the likes of Oasis, Massive Attack, Mirwais and (snigger, snigger) Madonna. The film is very fast paced and the cast is far more professional than Lock Stock.
My favourite actors in this movie are Brad Pitt and Vinnie Jones. Brad is hilarious with his irish accent and witty lines. Vinnie Jones again takes on the role as a vicious but likable killer.
Guy Richie, i feel, is trying to appeal to a wider audience with this film. Namely the Americans. I think by using more international characters he has achieved this. The language is also more suited to an american audience (less cockney rhyming slang). Even so i still love this film and it is now really good value to buy at around £5.