starring: Benicio DelToro, Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, Stephen Graham, Alan Ford, Adam Fogerty, Dennis Farina, & Vinnie Jones
Feb 6, 2001
What do you get when you cross unlicensed boxing,
an Irish gypsy, an
86-karat diamond and human-eating pigs?
Apart from an obvious and disgusting punchline (I
can't believe you would
think that, you sicko), you get an incredibly
Snatch is director Guy Ritchie's follow-up to the
much-acclaimed Lock, Stock
and Two Smoking Barrels. Does Snatch live up to
the raves that LS&2SB drew?
You'd better believe it.
There are two main plot thrusts that intertwine
during the film. In the
first, Turkish (Jason Statham) is an unlicensed
boxing promoter. He and his
partner, Tommy (Stephen Graham), become indebted
to criminal boss Brick Top
(Alan Ford) when the boxer they promote, Gorgeous
George (Adam Fogerty), is
unable to fight in a match with one of Brick
Top's fighters. Brick Top tells
the promoters that he won't seek retribution if
they get another fighter to
take a dive in the fourth round of the fight. The
new fighter is Mickey
(Brad Pitt), an Irish gypsy.
The second plot thrust involves the heist of an
86-karat diamond by Franky
Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro), and the comic
misadventures that ensue as
the diamond changes hands (well, maybe "comic
misadventures" isn't quite the
correct description -- "Saved By The Bell in
Hawaii" this film is not).
The two plot thrusts meet for a blind date, have
dinner and drinks, gaze
into each other's eyes, hop a plane to Vegas and
get married. Yep, there's
some good writing here, folks.
The characters are interesting and diverse, and I
don't know if a more
talented ensemble could have been brought
together to give life to the
roles. There wasn't a poor performance in the
movie. Especially notable were
the performances of Pitt, Ford, Dennis Farina (as
Cousin Avi, a diamond
fencer from NYC), and Vinnie Jones (as gangster
Bullet Tooth Tony).
The use of music in this film was brilliant. The
pictures and music
intertwine as tightly as a music video (without
the annoying boy bands).
Plus, I don't know that I've ever heard jazz
flute used more effectively.
Make sure you aren't late to this film -- the
opening credit sequence is
incredibly entertaining, and informative (there's
a lot of characters to be
What else can I say about Snatch? Oh yeah, GO SEE
Or you and I will take a visit to my uncle's pig