A collection of three popular British gangster movies. In ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ (1998), after losing all their money to London crime boss Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty) in a card game, twenty-something friends Eddy (Nick Moran), Tom (Jason Flemyng), Soap (Dexter Fletcher) and Bacon (Jason Statham) decide to steal from their drug-dealing neighbour, Dog (Frank Harper). Using guns stolen from burglars in the employ of Harry, the quartet of geezers carry out their heist, leaving the money at Eddy’s. However, as they set about disposing of the evidence, they are unaware that there is more to their firearms than they thought. In ‘Snatch’ (2000), writer/director Guy Ritchie continues in mockney gangster vein with this follow-up to ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’. In London, en route to deliver a stolen diamond to his employer Avi (Dennis Farina), thief Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) is ambushed by Russian mobster Boris the Blade (Rade Sherbedgia). At the same time, boxing promoters Turkish (Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham) enter Irish gypsy fighter Mickey (Brad Pitt) in a contest run by local kingpin Brick Top (Alan Ford). Instead of throwing the fight as arranged, Mickey earns Brick Top’s enmity by beating his opponent fair and square. Meanwhile, Avi travels to London and hires Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) to track down Franky and the diamond – which Brick Top has now found out about and decided to appropriate from Boris. Finally, in ‘Layer Cake’ (2004), ‘X’ (Daniel Craig) is a successful, smooth-talking cocaine dealer – respected among London’s crime elite – whose plan is to bankroll enough cash to make an early retirement from ‘business’ and lead a quiet, crime-free life. He sees the opportunity to make a final score when big crime boss Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham) asks him to track down Charlotte Ryder (Nathalie Lunghi), the wayward daughter of his old friend Eddie (Michael Gambon). But complicating matters are two million pounds’ worth of Grade A drugs, a neo-Nazi sect and endless ‘layers’ of deals and double-deals.
Layer Cake: Based upon JJ Connelly’s London crime novel ‘Layer Cake’ is about a successful cocaine dealer (Daniel Craig) who has earned a respected place among England’s Mafia elite and plans an early retirement from the business. However big boss Jimmy Price (Cranham) hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder the missing rich princess daughter of Jimmy’s old pal Edward (Gambon) a powerful construction business player and gossip papers socialite. Complicating matters are two million pounds’ worth of Grade A ecstasy a brutal neo-Nazi sect and a whole series of double crossings… The title ‘Layer Cake’ refers to the layers or levels the dealer has to go through as he painstakingly plots his own escape. What is revealed is a modern underworld where the rules have changed. There are no ‘codes’ or ‘families’ and respect lasts as long as a line. Not knowing who he can trust he has to use all his ‘savvy’ ‘telling’ and skills which make him one of the best to escape his own. The ultimate last job a love interest called Tammy and an international drugs ring threaten to draw him back into the ‘cake mix’. But time is running out and the penalty will endure a lifetime.. (Dir. Matthew Vaughn 2004) Snatch: In the heart of gangland two novice unlicensed boxing promoters Turkish (Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham) get roped into organising a bare-knuckled fight with local kingpin villain and fellow boxing promoter Brick Top (Alan Ford). But it all goes wrong when Brick Top’s fighter who is rigged to win is suddenly knocked out by the boys’ wildcard Irish gypsy boxer One Punch Mickey O’Neil (Brad Pitt). Unfortunately things go from bad to worse as Mickey starts playing by his own rules and the duo find they are heading for a whole lot of trouble. Meanwhile en route to New York to deliver a stolen 84-carat diamond to head honcho Avi (Dennis Farina) Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) is robbed of the stone. Forced to jump on the next plane to London Avi is by no means pleased. He hires local legend Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) to find Franky and the diamond. The hunt for the missing stone launches everyone into a spiral of double-crossing vendettas as different parties pursue personal agendas some of them farcical most of them illegal and all of them destined to spin completely out of control… (Dir. Guy Ritchie 2000) A disgrace to criminals everywhere. Streetwise charmer and cardshark Eddy (Nick Moran) walks into the biggest card game of his life carrying a stake backed by the life-savings of his three best mates Tom (Jason Flemying) Bacon (Jason Statham) and Soap (Dexter Fletcher). Eddy is the sharpest player on the circuit but the game is set-up and Eddy leaves owing underworld boss Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty) half a million. Harry gives Eddy a week to come up with the money before he starts taking fingers as collateral. Eddy’s dad JD (Sting) can cancel the debt by handing over his bar lock stock and barrel to his old adversary Harry JD refuses to give in feeling his street-tough son can get himself out of his own messes. So while Harry sends a couple of petty crooks to steal a pair of antique shotguns to add to his collection Eddy and his mates plan a caper that will enable them to pay off Harry and make out like bandits! In a comedy of errors and a helter-skelter ride through London’s gangland the guns cash drugs and identities become all mixed up as a full complement of London’s lowlife get involved in a melee which even their menace can’t handle. (Dir. Guy Ritchie 1998)