Guy Ritchie hit the UK box office running with his first gangster flick “Lock Stock and Two Smokin' Barrels” so it was inevitable that he would follow up his success with a bigger budget and even more gangster trips. This time around Ritchie produced an inspired film that was edgy and hilarious about a diamond heist gone wrong, a gypsy prize fighter and a temperamental dog.
Two boxing promoters, Turkish (Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham) unwittingly get involved in organising a bare Knuckle fight, however the opponent is backed by the local Kingpin and fellow promoter Brick Top (Alan Ford), not good. To make matters worse he wants their man, Mickey O'Neil (a brilliant Brad Pitt) to go down, fixing the fight and guaranteeing the payout for all. But things never run smoothly and O'Neil has his own plans, putting Turkish & Tommy in mortal danger. Meanwhile a stolen diamond arrives in London under the gaze of Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) but is soon missing under suspicious circumstances. Soon Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) is on the case and it looks like everyone is going to the fight.
The film is first class entertainment and devilishly funny throughout. Brad Pitt turns in an excellent performance as the Gypsy fighter who is impossible to understand and the rest of the cast also shine. It is obvious that everyone had great fun making this movie and this shines through on the screen. Highly recommended.
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