When best friends, Eddie(Nick Moran), Soap(Dexter Fletcher), Tom(Jason Flemyng), and Bacon(Jason Statham) pool their money so Eddie, a brilliant cardshark, can get in on a high stakes poker game, they unwittingly set off a brutal--but hilarious--course of events.
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After being cheated out of a certain win, losing all their pooled money, plus a half-million pounds, Eddie and the rest of the gang are given a week to come up with the money before Harry the Hatchet, Barry the Baptist, and Big Chris, local toughs, start taking fingers as collateral.
Their neighbors are drug dealers of the greatest extreme, and seeing a chance to make the cash they need to keep their digits they hatch a plan to rip off the drugs, sell them, and maybe even make a profit!
Unfortunately for the guys, the entire London crime world is connected in one way or another, and their little plan threatens to bring it all tumbling down on top of them.
The review of this Movie prepared by Travis Anderson
Four friends pool their savings in order to get one of them, Eddie, into a poker game with 'Hatchet' Harry Slater. The game turns out to be rigged, and Eddie ends up owing Harry half a million pounds, to be paid in one week. The film follows the friends' attempts to raise the cash, with some hilarious events along the way. Guy Ritchie, the one responsible for bringing this film into being, revamps some common stereotypical characters, such as bumbling car thieves cum housebreakers, the unflinching bar owner *Sting!*, the hardcase henchman *Vinnie Jones*, and the porn king/crime lord. All in all, a movie that could be termed a modern classic.
The review of this Movie prepared by Soph
This was British writer-director Guy Ritchie's 1998 debut (he later married
Madonna), which features the same complicated plotting, big laughs, and
high-speed motion and violence that appeared in his somewhat artier "Snatch"
a few years later. Four London working stiffs pool their savings to get one
of them into a high-stakes poker game that is rigged. He loses and ends up
owing a powerful crime boss half a million pounds, payable in one week. (The
boss hopes to get control of the pub owned by the poker player's Dad, coolly
played by Sting.) One of our heroes overhears the thugs in the next
apartment planning to rip off a profitable pot-growing and selling operation
run by some upper-class toffs, and the boys decide to rob the thugs after
they've made their score in order to pay off the half million debt. Oh, yes:
a pair of extremely valuable antique shotguns also figure into the story.
There's a lot of shooting, racing about, and tough talk, but a lot of
exhilarating laughs as well.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus