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Director: Guy Ritchie; Cast: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Steven Mackintosh, Vinnie Jones
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a black comedy in a long line of British ensemble-based caper films. When a card shark loses half a million pounds to Harry “The Hatchet” – a local mob boss, he and his mates are given a week to come up with the cash before they start losing their fingers. As a precursor to his more widely known film Snatch (2000), which includes many of the same cast, Ritchie helped update the genre with a gritty and authentic non-liner style of story telling, combined with a pop-sensibility and an energy derived from rapid cuts and witty dialogue which share similarities to the films of Quentin Tarantino (Klaus Ming January 2012).