Stock and Two smoking barrels has become a National Treasure.
four friends find themselves in deep trouble after a crooked card game
(if they don't want to lose some of their fingers, they have an enormous
debt to pay in a week time to the local gang-land boss and porn king
Harry 'The Hatchet' Lonsdale), they overhear their neighbours in the
next flat plotting to hold up a group of pot growers. They decide that
they will steal the money from their neighbours….
sequences really catch the eye; the opening featuring Jason Statham's
famous street salesman speech (partly improvised by Statham, an ex-dodgy
goods salesman). Also the scene where the gangsters break into the cannabis
factory and you have that lovely slow motion shot of the strung out
girl with the Bren gun!
sequences are added to nicely bu the scroing and in particular the build
up to the heist. But the star of this movie, is the script. Ritchie
goes in full throttle on the Cockney dialect and sheer flamboyance of
the dialogue. The use of accent from the cockney contingent is complemented
well by scousers Gary and Barry. Ritchie throws the camera around with
glee, adds a catchy, populist soundtrack and lets the dirty and flirty
gangsters of London banter away. And when you add to this great script
some fine humour and some excellent music, than you know that you have
hip cameos and sterling lead foursome help the whole thing to raise
a notch. Were it not for the presence of Lennie McLean, Sting and Danny
John Jules, and the four bickering main actors then this film would
have been as poor as the series that became of it. But the four leading
men do a fantastic job with the comedy provided by the script. Nick
Moran should have made a good career out of his role as Ed, the card
shark with a sly tongue, and a quick eye. Jason Statham plays Bacon
as a sarcastic rogue. Jason Flemyng is cheeky, adventurous, would be
entrepeneur Tom. And Dexter Fletcher gives it his all in his role as
clean living, yet slightly unnerving performance as Soap.