Written and Directed by Guy Ritchie
Cinematography by David Higgs
Try looking up a Guy Ritchie community name on Facebook and one such group name reads “Guy Ritchie is a f>ck/*g genius” and that’s exactly what this Guy is.
This guy can roll people and he rolls with real style this boy. One Two, Mumbles, Cookie, Handsome Bob, Archy, Umi, Mickey and Roman – these are few names of Ritchie’s new film. Though the plot, shot style and characterizations are pretty similar to the man’s previous movies- ‘Lock, Stock’ and ‘Snatch’, the movie is so stylish that you would hate complaining about it.
Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) is a gangster who doesn’t like being called a gangster and controls most of London’s underworld real estate. A deal with a Russian immigrant (Umi), a lucky painting the Russian gifts him and the Russian’s accountant – Stella (Thandie Newton – the girl from MI: 2 and Crash) is what brings together the bunch of super cool Ritchie characters into a mess which is usually sorted out in the last 10 minutes of the film.
One Two (Gerard Butler – King of Sparta from ‘300’), Mumbles (a black dude) and Handsome Bob (a guy who reveals that he’s gay half way through the film) are called the Wild bunch. These guys take up street robberies and their big deal comes from Stella about a 7 million euro transfer. However, when the same deal, with same scenario, same amount is given a second time gets real bloody and messy because of two war prisoned Russians handling the money box this time.
Then we have the rocker – Johnny Quid whose foster dad is Lenny Cole. Johnny fakes his death to boost up his record sales and also steals the painting gifted by the Russian to his foster dad. Johnny had been a real pain in the neck for Lenny all his life and almost through the movie for Archy.
Archy – the loyal right hand of Lenny is the only guy trying to sort out what’s happening with the painting, robberies and the informer inside ‘his part of the town’ and with a bit of luck unlocks the tangle.
The film’s most pleasing part is the screenplay bringing in a parallel run of a talk scenes and action episodes.
The trademark Guy Ritchie dialogue, Guy action episodes, Guy characterization, Guy mix-up and the Guy rock score is something which is tough to get fed up off.