A movie review written by Lee Sonogan
1hr47min (1998) Comedy, crime
Barry the Baptist: When you dance with the devil, you wait for the song to stop.
With my expertise in movie knowledge of the nineties, this Guy Ritchie film comes to mind. Referencing this movie before more than once, now is the moment to review it. Blending the comedy side to the lifestyle of criminals/gangsters, a botched card game leads to an unexpected set of events very serious. With a budget roughly only just over a million, it made $28 million dollars at the box office.
Wikipedia Film Description: The story is a heist involving a self-confident young card sharp who loses £500,000 to a powerful crime lord in a rigged game of three-card brag. To pay off his debts, he and his friends decide to rob a small-time gang who happen to be operating out of the flat next door.
This English based production contains a cast of names such as Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones and other familiar faces. The scene where Vinnie Jone’s character is slamming a door on someone’s head will cinematographically always print that image in my mind remembering Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Delivering a performance as one of the main bad guys, everyone else was engaging in its black comedy elements.
To truly judge this film you need to address the final punchline in Act 3. Many plots overlay in a payoff in a stylistic payoff. Crossing multiple stories, and noir visuals on screen and in the writing, the lush vision is unique enough where other directors or creators could take notes from. There is also a monologue in this movie that I performed myself provided to you below the film trailer below.
Gary: I’ve just spent 120 quid on me hair. If you think I’m puttin a stockin over me head you’re very much mistaken.