Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/14/11
After veiwing more of the director's films, this critic has changed the perception of how great this movie is. The story all comes together based on a single 86 karat diamond. Frankie Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) was tasked to deliver the stolen diamond to Doug “The Head (Mike Reid) in London. Doug contacts Avi (Dennis Farina) to fly to London to check on the diamond. Turkish (Jason Statham) engages a business proposal with a vicious gangster named Brick Top (Alan Ford) that entails unlicensed boxing and his fighter Gorgeous George. Tommy (Stephen Graham), Turkish’s partner, encounters a band of gypsies including a bare knuckle boxing champ named Mickey O’Neil (Brad Pitt). Boris “the blade” (Rade Šerbedžija) hires 2 crooks, Vinnie (Robbie Gee) and Sol (Lennie James) together with a hefty getaway driver named Tyrone to capture Frankie. Doug and Avi employs a brilliant mercenary named Tony (Vinnie Jones) to search for Frankie. A few quotes from the flick: Bullet Tooth Tony – “You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity.” Vinnie – “I thought you said he was a getaway driver. What the **** can he get away from?”
This reminded me of a subtle Pulp Fictionesque method of presenting the story, Trainspottinglike accents caper with boisterous and comical but likeable characters. Its fast paced storytelling coupled with a very cool soundtrack made the film more interesting. The script/dialogue was unique in a dark comedy manner which was well implemented. Despite the enormous cast, they all did a splendid job with delivering the lines. A few reservations I have were the lack of a memorable female, a clear direction and a better character background for the antagonist. The film relied on chance and unforeseen situations that eventually led to the film’s conclusion. I guess in life, we sometimes get everything we need at a certain time that can be based on pure luck or fate. This could have been a masterpiece if the writing had a moral lesson/clearer vision about the characters instead of just settling for the diamond. Guess they wanted to prove that you never bet with a pikey, or burn their caravans. Still, Snatch is an entertaining crime comedy that delights from start to finish.