Thursday, 30 May 2013

Netflix Challenge Day 22 - Snatch

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A gangster transporting a stolen gem inadvertently triggers a slew of events that wends through the worlds of bookies, bare-knuckle boxing and swine.

A gang disguised as Orthodox Jewish men pull off a diamond heist where they get away with a  84-carat diamond, Franky "Four-Fingers" makes off to London to sell the jewel to Doug "The Head" on behalf of his cousin "Cousin Avi". Just after the heist he is advised that while in London he is to obtain a gun from Boris "The Blade".....but what he didn't know is that the rest of the gang and Boris are working together and plan on stealing the Diamond from him.

Going off at the same time is small time boxing promoter Turkish and his friend Tommy who convince gangster "Brick Top" to add a unlicensed boxing match featuring "Gorgeous George" to the bets at Brick Top's bookies. Tommy is sent to get a new caravan from a a bunch of Pikeys, they are ripped off and George gets into a fight with Mickey O'Neil who just happens to a bare-knuckle boxing champion, George gets seriously hurt and can not fight in the unlicensed match so Turkish convinces Mickey to replace George in the up coming match on one condition, they buy his mum a new caravan. Brick Top goes ahead with it but wants Mickey to take a fall in the 4th round. Do you think a Pikey will do that willingly? 

This is the second British gangster film by Guy Ritchie (The first was Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and to be fair it's just like the first one and follows the same ideas and even features many of the same actors.

Snatch has everything you could need from action to comedy and a little bit of thriller thrown in for good measure. The choice of music fits perfectly, the actors do a great job and the direction is spot on.

The only problem I have with it is the man who plays Brick Top, Alan Ford. All he ever seems to play is angry Cockney bloke and for a change he will play angry shouty Cockney bloke.

Obviously Snatch is a must if you enjoy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels but is recommend it if you also enjoy the latest slew of British films.

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