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Mandy Heiser

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Snatch is a face-paced action/comedy along the lines of Pulp Fiction and Guy Ritchie's first film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Actually, it seemed like an attempt to Americanize LS&2B. A lot of the gags, characters and situations are very similar to the first film, only, of course, made to be more accessible to American audiences. Of course, that's what it's all about these days, making films commercially viable, as opposed to just making a good film. The first film swept the U.K. like The Full Monty did in 1997, but unfortunately didn't do as well on the American Market because mainly it was made for British audiences, and the Americans didn't pick up on a lot of it because most of us aren't every educated when it comes to British lifestyle. Which is extremely unfortunate, as the movie is VERY good, being it's both a good action/crime movie and a comedy.

While Snatch is in every way a fun, funny and action-packed movie, but of course, it all seems a little routine. Although it might be considered "just another heist-flick", it's slapstick humor saves it. A little over-the-top at times and overly-slapstick, it still makes for a very enjoyable ride. Although this movie is missing some qualities the first film had, such as, it's a great comedy, but not a great crime movie. Also, the violence in it isn't done as "tastefully" as in the other film, in Snatch the violence is a lot more graphic, even when they're TALKING about violence. So for those of you who are disguisted by this sort of thing, this is NOT the movie to see.

Snatch relies heavily on gags used in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (itself a much better film), from the little inside jokes between the characters (in Snatch: "Ze Germans?", in LS&2B "Fat man/Tubby Tommy"), even some of the actors are the same! (Jason Statham and Jason Flemyng) and even Jason Statham's character Turkish reminded me of is character Bacon in the first film. In the first film, the lads were in danger of getting their fingers chopped off because of an unpaid debt, in Snatch, Freddy Four Fingers got his nickname for that exact reason.

In conclusion, Snatch has a lot of good laughs, a lot of good action and is certainly well-worth seeing....many times! But at the same time, it's rather routine plot and over-used gags make me believe it's only worth 3/4 stars. See Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Then see Snatch.

My Rating = Three Stars


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