Starring: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Written By: Guy Ritchie
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 47 min
A crooked high-stakes card game leads to a series of very entertaining plot twists in Guy Ritchie’s superb debut full length major motion picture. In Lock Stock, we’re introduced to a dizzying array of characters, who all have a stake in the story as it unfolds. Gangsters, thieves, enforcers, drug dealers. All colliding and fumbling along. Frequently crossing each others paths with hilarious and often deadly results.
The fact that this film never once lost me is a testament to Guy Ritchie’s excellent script, and thoughtful direction. Each scenario develops and evolves in a believable way, and never once felt contrived. It’s also loaded with some great performances, and an especially fun debut for Vinnie Jones as Big Chris. This is also Jason Statham’s debut movie! Lock Stock moves along at a great, yet controlled pace, and thumps along to a great soundtrack. Very much recommended.
If you’re from the UK, you’re probably going to be okay with the London lingo. Outside the UK, the dialog might be a problem. There’s a lot of rhyming slang used in the script. In one scene, and entire conversation is done this way – thankfully, subtitles are provided for this! I would say don’t worry about it too much. You won’t fully understand ever single line of dialog right away, but you will still be able to follow the story.
The film has a rough wet rusty look to it. It’s nicely shot, but you could watch this on any format that suits you and still enjoy it. This film’s strengths come from the script, and performances.
Best element for me:
Guy Ritchie’s story and script are superb. Check out the IMDB quote page for the movie. There’s some great dialog there!