21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Snatch is a criminally underrated film, partially because superficially it's pretty similar to Lock Stock, Guy Richie's debut. Critics everywhere leaped on it for lack of originality, but in my eyes it's more similar to Tarantino's classic Pulp Fiction than Lock Stock. Everything is here- gangsters, guns, cross-wiring plots and characters, loads of famous faces and a platinum script with top-draw dialogue. There are even more literal links between the two films, such as rigged boxing matches, corpse disposal and something precious causing hassle (in this case an 84 carat stone, in Pulp Fiction a briefcase full of gold).
It's impossible to describe the plot to Snatch in one sentance, but it basically involves a diamond that everyone wants, and a boxing match nobody wants. There's also a fantastic twist at the end, that thankfully nobody has given away. There are some great characters in the film- Turkish and Tommy, the lead characters enjoy loads of dry banter. Brick Top, the lead gangster, is brilliantly malicious "No thanks Turkish... I'm sweet enough". It also boasts one of the best ideas in cinema history- superstar pin-up actor Brad Pitt as an incoherant gypsie with a leather hat. Pitt pretty much steals every scene he's in, making even the crackling Cockney dialogue seem dull in comparison.
Sure Snatch isn't all that original, but it's a damn fine movie. There are dozens of funny and catchy one-liners, loads of mouth-watering dialogue, the plot is excellently managed by Richie, and there are some smart directorial tricks thrown in. And the soundtrack is brilliant, fitting the film perfectly. One of the finest films, British otherwise, of recent years, and ranks up there as an unmissable film.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2001
There are inevitable echoes of Guy Ritchie's other
work,but this movie(at least in my opinion) is not
"Son of Lock Stock" by a long way.Brad Pitt is in
great form here,and backed by a strong supporting
cast of British talent and the always-watchable
Bernicio Del Toro.Even a cameo role for Mike Read
(imagine Rabbi Frank Butcher to get the flavour!)
fits in well with this enjoyable comedy drama.The
best way to appreciate this film is to just watch
it without analyzing it too closely - some of the
comic moments are simply sublime!All in all,a good
effort all round.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2002
Guy Ritchie strikes again with another cockney crime caper with a hilariously twisted plot, very much in the same vein as the fantastic Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. The main difference here is that everything is bigger, better and faster; the budget, the stars, the locations, the editing, the endlessly quotable dialogue and the music. The ball starts rolling when Franky Four Fingers (Benico Del Toro) steals a huge priceless diamond from Antwerp and brings it to London on route to New York. Cue murder, betrayl, mayhem, strong language, thievery and a dog that'll eat just about anything. Endlessly watchable and entertaining. The best British film in years. Where else are you going to see Brad Pitt and Frank Butcher in the same feature?
The DVD is a corker too. Boasting many fantastic features including a commentary, deleted scenes, a documentary, interviews, trailers, TV spots, storyboard comparrisons, photo library and some absolutely hilarious hidden features.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2003
British director Guy Ritchie's follow-up to the hugely entertaining low-budget Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is simply excellent. Lock, Stock was largely ignored by the British Film Institute (which is peculiar because it's the first decent British film we've seen in years), so it's probably a good thing that this sequel is more americanized with the involvement of Columbia Pictures.
As well as the best actors from Lock Stock, Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones, this sequel includes Brad Pitt and Dennis Farina in excellent performances. It is not directly related to Lock, Stock, as both Statham and Jones play different characters in this film, but the influences are still extremely apparent. Guy Ritchie has made it just different enough to make it a great and entertaining film by it's own rights.
The DVD features a decent commentary with director Guy Ritchie and producer Matthew Vaughn, as well as a 'Making Of' with interviews, some pretty interesting deleted scenes, behind the scenes footage, TV spots, trailers, and some interesting hidden extras. Pretty much all you could ask for other than commentary from the cast themselves. For this price, it's an excellent DVD...
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2001
Snatch is a perfectly designed and constructed film from the one and only, Guy Ritchie. Even though many of the characters from "Lock Stock.." were used, (which to me didn't seem such a good idea) a new range of stars such as David Farina and Brad Pitt, not forgetting a more substantial role for Alan Ford, have complemented the film thanks to their acting abilities. I do not feel, however, that they were used just, what Guy Ritchie said, "to put bums on seats". As DVD have numerous special features which let you take a closer look into the minds of the crew and the actors, the movie doesn't just feel like a movie, but an experience and I have to say that this is the first film that I have watched all of the "Makings of.." and "interviews". Many observant people would have noticed that "Snatch" has been rated an 18 and this is for 2 reasons: the violence and the harsh swearing. But the prblem is that there is too much repetition of the same word which, after a while turns into just that, a word, not a curse. Overall, "Snatch" is one of the best movies that have come from the British film industry. Well done Guy Ritchie!!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2004
This film is in my eyes a masterpiece. I loved 'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' too but this is even better as it has more humour and less violence. It is also a film that you can watch repeatedly and notice new things so that it doesn't get tired. The characters in this film are fantastic, ranging from the heartless Brick top who could put the fear of God into anyone, to Sol, Vinny and Tyrone who are hilarious as the worst robbers ever. Brad Pitt as the unintelligable Pikey is brilliant, and it shows his versatility as it so unlike his usual roles. The music on the film is masterfully done and boasts some great tunes that also enhance the action. The best thing in the whole film though is the quality of the script; full of quickfire lines that are funny as well as clever. Many people say that this is a film that only appeals to the lads, but I loved it and even my Mom thought it was ok except for the violence. I would recommend this film to anyone, it is my number one film of all time!
By the way, number two and three are 'Fight Club' and 'The Talented Mr Ripley' for anyone who cares!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2002
An excellent film, based in the same gangster world of LS&2SB. The movie has a simple plot that revolves around some great characters and an 86 carat diamond. With solid performances from Brad Pitt as the bare knuckle boxing gypsy Mickey, and Alan Ford as Brick Top the pig keeping gangster, supported by Vinnie Jones, Dennis Farina, Mike Reid and Benico Del Toro. I found the film to be very entertaining with Guy Ritchie's sense of humour shinning through and preventing the movie from just being a glamorisation of gangster life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Snatch seems to be one of those spunky British gangster films that critics are divided on, yet it's loved by the target audience. Guy Ritchie has done a Sam Raimi, he has remade the first film that put him on the cinematic map. Where Raimi remade The Evil Dead, and just called it Evil Dead II, Ritchie cheekily tries to get away with remaking Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and calling it Snatch. Sure the circumstances in plotting are different, and there's a big American star brought in to beef things up for the global market, but it's the same movie and without doubt it's lazy film making. But it still - like Evil Dead II - Rocks!
Snatch in story terms is concerned with a big diamond that stitches together a number of threads involving the London underworld. Some rough and tough Romany types join in the fun, headed by a purposely illegible Brad Pitt, while Dennis Farina, Benicio Del Toro and Rade Serbedzija add more cosmopolitan meat to the crooks and gangster stew. The British cement holding the building up comes in the twin forms of Jason Statham and Stephen Graham, with Vinnie Jones once again turning up to frighten the masses. Everything from bare knuckle fighting to bumbled robberies - to dog fighting and shifty arcade empires - are here, with Ritchie writing characterisations that positively boom off of the screen.
As with "Lock-Stock", the beauty is in the way violence and humour are deftly blended. Scenes are often bloody but also bloody funny, a pearl of dialogue is never far away from a perilous situation. The comic tone is more close to the knuckle here, Ritchie having fun toying with ethnic and machismo stereotypes, while he brings his bag of visual tricks before it got boring. The narrative is deliciously complex, but much credit to Ritchie for the way he pulls all the threads neatly together in a whirl of scene splicing and cocky literary assuredness.
So it's "Lock-Stock 2" then! No bad thing if you happen to be a fan of that sort of wide boy malarkey. If you don't like it? Then jog on sunshine. 8/10
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2003
The follow up film to the fantastic Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, although not quite as good in my view.
However don't let that put you off this film, because its only second best to the original, nothing else has the same good old gangster appeal like this film.
Brad Pitt's performance as the Irish Bare Knuckle fighter is fantastic, although Vinnie Jones doesnt really get a chance to shine like he did in Lock Stock.
The plot revolves around the double crossing underworld of illegal boxing and the theft of a desirble diamond.
Funny and action packed - it keeps you entertained all the way through, with a fantastic ending scene.
It has an excellent soundtrack all the way through and is well worth seeing if you like the Guy Ritchie film style!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Snatch: Guy Ritchie's second film is essentially a bigger budget remake of Lock Stock. But hey, when the formula works so well why change it? Statham here stars as Turkish, an underground boxing manager who is in trouble with the local gangster. A byzantine plot involving diamond heists, American gangsters, Vinne Jones as a person that `finds' people and Brad Pitt as a traveller and dynamite bare knuckle fighter follows. Ritchie directs with vigour and humour, and there is lots of pace, action and wit. A thoroughly entertaining film, with a cracking stoical central performance from Statham, seemingly unruffled as the whole world descends into chaos around him. 5 stars for this.