A DISGRACE TO CRIMINALS EVERYWHERE.
When Tom (Jason Flemyng) and three buddies take part in a high-stakes card game, they end up owing a gangster boss half a million pounds and desperately try to come up with cash. This low-budget heist movie set in the London underworld was a hit, even among some critics, and became director Guy Ritchie’s breakthrough. He cast the movie well, even offering us an effective performance as a torpedo by Vinnie Jones, then one of the soccer world’s most aggressive players. A visual feast, but all the tricks in the world can’t quite conceal the shallowness of the concept and characters.
1998-Britain-U.S. 106 min. Color. Written and directed by Guy Ritchie. Editing: Niven Howie. Cast: Jason Flemyng (Tom), Dexter Fletcher (Soap), Nick Moran (Eddie), Jason Statham, Steven Mackintosh, Vinnie Jones… Sting.
Trivia: Dedicated to the memory of Lenny McLean, one of the film’s actors who died from cancer a month before the premiere. Ray Winstone was allegedly considered for a part. The movie inspired a TV series, Lock, Stock… (2000).
Quote: “The entire British empire was built on cups of tea and if you think I’m going to war without one, mate, you’re mistaken.” (Moran)