This story is about the London Mafia's involvement in corrupt real estate deals. Gerard Butler plays the lead character named One Two. His partner in crime is Mumbles (played by Idris Elba). One Two gets a tip from a woman named Stella (played by Thandie Newton) that there is a big pay off going down. The money will be paid by the Russian mafia, which is led by Uri Omovich (played by Karel Roden) to a corrupt London official (played by Jimi Mistry) for a deal that is run by the mob boss Lenny Cole (played by Tom Wilkinson). When they agree to the deal, Lenny lends Uri his favorite painting for good luck.
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Both the money and the painting are stolen. Lenny suspects his addict stepson Johnny Quid (played by Toby Kebbell). Uri gets his men to find out who stole his money. Uri thinks that Lenny double-crossed him. One Two has a friend named Handsome Bob (played by Tom Hardy) who is about to do a long time in prison. Bob tells One Two he is gay and wants to be with him. This is not One Two's style but he goes along with the desires of his friend since he is going to jail. We find out later, all they do is dance together. Before Bob has to turn himself in to go to jail, they steal more of Uri's money. Uri captures Lenny and beats him to get him to confess to the robbery. However, Lenny does not know who has the money or the painting.
Some junkies steal the painting from Johnny, and then sell it to One Two who gives it to Stella as a gift. Stella does not know the history of the painting so she hangs it on her wall. One Two, Mumbles, and Bob are captured by Uri. Uri goes to see Stella because he wants to ask her to marry him. When he sees the stolen painting, he asks her about it. She lies and tells him she had the painting for many years. He has her killed because of this.
Archy (played by Mark Strong), who is the right hand man for Lenny, finds Johnny and brings him to Lenny. Then Archy goes after One Two. There is a big shoot out and Archy succeeds in capturing One Two, Mumbles, and Bob by killing all of Uri's men. Bob knows the name of the snitch that has been ratting out the top-level gangsters for many years. Archy takes them all to Lenny. Lenny instructs his men to take Johnny away, and kill him, so he can deal with the others. Lenny demands that One Two, Mumbles, and Bob tell him where Uri's money is. Bob has proof that the snitch is Lenny, which he shows to Archy. It turns out Lenny has been turning in many of the gangsters in order to keep himself out of jail. Archy did four years hard time in prison because of this, which makes Archy furious. Archy kills Lenny. With the help of One Two, Johnny escapes being killed. Johnny does a stint in rehab. When Johnny gets out Archy gives him Uri's painting. He tells him, the Russian lost his arm and leg for that painting. Johnny tells him now he can be what he really wants to be, which is a rock and roller.
Best part of story, including ending:
The action scenes are intense in this movie which is very exciting.
Best scene in story:
I like the scene where One Two shows his ass to the gay men to taunt them in a flirting way, because it is unexpected and funny.
Opinion about the main character:
Even though One Two is a thief, he stills seems like a cool guy.