I don't watch many foreign films, but the ones I do see usually turn out pretty good (they have to be, or they don't make it to the big theaters in the U.S.). Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is no different, except that it teeters on the edge of not being that great. Luckily, it falls to the right side.
Basically, Lock Stock is a "comedy" about some imbecile criminals trying to steal some money that they need to pay back a poker debt (500,000 pounds). In the meantime, the guy who wants his money hires a hit man to go get two rifles that he wants for his collection, and that the main characters have just bought to pull off their heist. There are three additional parties also going for the money or the rifles, and what ensues is a comedy of errors. The only problem is that Lock Stock is not that funny of a movie. Sure, it has some situational things, and I had to laugh near the end when all the different groups are killing each other, and the characters act like idiots sometimes, but the movie just isn't that funny. It's not serious, either, but none of the characters are completely hopeless, nor is the plot even close to being funny. It's hard to explain.
Still, there's something about this movie that just clicks. In a way, I guess the movie is sort of funny, but not in a laugh-out-loud sense. Everything works together in the end seamlessly, and the plot works well as to how everything affects every other thing. The acting is pretty good, but the highlight of this film is the direction. The director does a lot of cool fast to slow motion shots that really work with the story, and sometimes even freeze-frames the picture and has a narrator tell what's going on.
The only reason Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels gets a somewhat low score is that it just isn't that captivating to watch. With most movies that I like, I am willing or even eager to see them again. With this one, I have no interest in watching again, even though it has a good plot, great direction, and pretty good acting. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels has smoking results, but doesn't pull the trigger when it comes to anything of great importance.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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