Lock,Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Genre: Crime, Comedy
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Vinnie Jones, Jason Statham
A card game gone wrong puts four friends, thugs, drug-dealers (mostly weed), gangsters, loan sharks, and hardcore debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
This movie is insane. I’m not certain I’ve seen many films like it (Until Snatch came out a couple year later.) This is director Guy Ritchie at his finest (also his movie debut). Where a seemingly random group of people find their way together through a series of events. This movie has everything, starting with awesome characters like Big Chris, Barry the Baptist, and Hatchet Harry. It is dark and violent moments, but they are often alleviated with great humor. (Something I wished from Kingsman:The Secret Service, but never received.) Best of all, not only did this film show us the talent of Guy Ritchie, but it introduced us to the actors that are Vinnie Jones and Jason Statham.
This film (along with Snatch) has inspired my writing even. To create a similar situation where a group of a people wind up coming together over something they have in common. (though often mine would also include something of the Supernatural). In short, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is an amazing movie. It changed how I looked at film, inspired me to write a different style, and brought us some very talented people into mainstream Hollywood.