For true fans of films the Director's Cut is always a must buy. They tend to give the viewer a truer sense of the director's vision and the film he/she wanted to make. Sometimes the film is almost a completely different product. That is not exactly the case with director Guy Ritchie's (Snatch, Swept Away) ode to gambling, father-son relationships and the underbelly of London. The director's cut is not that much different from what we saw in the theatre; it has just a few more scenes and is not much longer timewise (less than 10 minutes). It must be said that the added scenes do give the viewer a better understanding of the plot and the ins and outs of the poker game being played. The extra special features in this version are mostly on the second disc.
Eddy (Nick Moran – The Rules of Engagement) has been a good poker player since his days as a wee lad. He tends to win, so his three friends, Soap (Dexter Fletcher – Tristan + Isolde, Bugsy Malone), Bacon (Jason Statham – The Italian Job, Collateral) and Tom (Jason Flemying – The Transporter 2, Rock Star), each give him 25,000 pounds to join in a high stakes poker game. Everything is cool until things get carried away Eddy loses and is in debt for the tune of 500,000 pounds to the ruthless Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty – Chaplin, Patriot Games). The four boys have to come up with the money in one week or else Eddy will be missing some digits. They come up with a plot to rob the crooks next door to them. Coincidently the crooks are cooking up a scheme to rob some drug dealers at the same time. The plan seems airtight, but you can never count on things in the world of thuggery. Everything becomes chaotic and violence breaks out everywhere they turn.
For those who have not seen the film previously it is a great black comedy that really established Guy Ritchie as an innovative and interesting young British director. His films tend to be hip, slick, visually stimulating, have great soundtracks, and involve crazy accents that are hard to understand. What he is most known for is his crazy camera style. It is everywhere, but that is who he is and that is his calling card as a director. There are several intersecting stories running at the same time in the film and at times it is hard to keep track of who is after whom. But, honestly, that is part of the charm of the film. The only criticism I have of the film is that there are absolutely no female characters! Okay, there is one woman in the film, but she has no lines. It is definitely intended for those with elevated levels of testosterone. It is a film that is pure fun and eye candy to watch. And what is wrong with simply being entertained, I say?!?
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