Author: Guy Ritchie
Director: Guy Ritchie
Very cool flick from the Guy who did Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels but better: the similarly convoluted story’s much easier to follow. The plot’s far too complex to reveal here: suffice it to say that we’ve got a variety of gangsters, thieves, and low-lifes and their lives intersect throughout the film. Everyone’s after a huge 84-caret stolen diamond. It’s funny, violent, and very entertaining. The directing is extremely self-conscious and highly stylized, and it works perfectly for this kind of picture. For example, one character, an American gangster who is waiting for the diamond to be delivered, flies to London (where most of the story takes place) and back to New York several times. Each of these “flights” is shown to the viewer as a series of lightning quick sequences in which total about three seconds of footage. We see a plane taking off, a high-speed swig from a liquor glass while on the plane (with appropriate “swoosh” sound effects), a plane landing, and we’re there. Very cool, funny in its unrealism, and effective, in that it keeps the film moving. Great film, if you’re into this kind of flick. Guy’s the Quentin of the U.K.