Ritchie's new movie, Snatch, covers much of the same terrain as his first feature film, Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. You'll no doubt hear some critics complaining that Ritchie hasn't grown any as a filmmaker. There's probably some truth in that, but it also strikes me as beside the point. Snatch is a tour de force of cinematic style that smacks you in the face. Sure, Ritchie is liberally cribbing from Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. Both movies take us into a seedy world of low-life thieves, assassins, thugs, and penny-ante crooks and then they dazzle us with an array of plot twists so ingenious that it's virtually impossible to tell where the movies are headed until Ritchie rips open his bag of tricks and unleashes the next volley of venom-laced mischief.
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