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August 24, 2013

Snatch (2000)
Director: Guy Ritchie
Actors: Jason Statham, Alan Ford, Brad Pitt

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Synopsis: Various players engage in an increasingly violent chase for a diamond smuggled into London from Antwerp. In a seemingly separate plot strand, Turkish (Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham) – two petty crooks – hope that Irish gypsy, Mickey (Brad Pitt), will go down in a bare-knuckled contest, as demanded by old-school gangster, Brick Top (Alan Ford).

Review: Watching Snatch a dozen or so years after its release, offers an opportunity to unpick the film’s true merit, and, in fact, that of the whole Guy Ritchie directorial signature, away from the polar adoration-vitriol dichotomy that monopolised the reception of Ritchie’s films in the early days.

What can be said for Snatch is that it’s a thoroughly competent, pulpy gangster pastiche – much in the same vein as his debut Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The natural by product of Ritchie’s non-stop artillery of cartoonish characters, gimmicky sequences and ultra-stylised dialogue, is an in-built, hit-miss feel to proceedings. For every moment of inspiration – the rapid montage of Avi flying to London (indicative of his weary ‘get in, get out’ feeling about the city) and Mickey’s comically filmed bare-knuckle fights – there’s the slightly tiresome conceit that Irish gypsies and/or the prejudice about them, is inherently funny (“I f*ckin’ hate Pikeys” is a repeated mantra). (August 2013)

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