Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Posted on March 9, 2013 by

(1998)
107 min. – thriller
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Written by: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Jason Fleming, Dexter Fletcher, Jason Statham, Nick Moran

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

After a crooked game of three card brag goes bad four lads wind up in debt to an East End hard man. After over hearing their next door neighbors prepare a plot to rob some drug growers they decide to rob them in return. The simple plot thickens and draws the viewers in as two double barreled antique shotguns from another scam makes its way into the main plot.

Lock Stock

Poker does not feature as the main theme of this movie however the events that follow that game of three card brag is all due to that one all important game. Three card brag has been popularized by this show and happens to be just one ancestor of poker. The main difference being that the betting style and hand rankings are a bit different from traditional poker.

Directed by Guy Ritchie the film is remarkable and entertaining due to the artful way that it turns a simple plot into something so realistic but complex. The group of lads who simply want to repay their debt in a game that was rigged from the start easily crosses paths with various groups of criminals. Money, drugs, revenge and antique guns become the order of the day. While the film is violent the four main characters, who are young veteran actors, are not criminals by trade but are driven to crime just to repay their debt.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels feature an all-male cast with one female who did not speak in the film. It is all in all a terrific an unforgettable movie with some violent moments that is tempered with some humor if you take pleasure in laughing at others’ misfortunes.

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