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movie review - Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels

the journal of Michael Werneburg

twenty-seven years and one million words

Toronto, 1999.05.28

This is a gangster movie, in which some brash young lads get taken by the establishment and must now do the bidding of the masters of the underworld. It's a blur of a movie, racing through characters and scenes in a way that barely bothers to entirely make sense. Half the time it feels like the whole thing would collapse if anyone only paused to think things through. But that's definitely not what we're here for, we're here for the smoking barrels and this movie delivers.

Strongly recommended. Unnecessarily nasty humor from a country that seems to revel in its long demise (this itself even gets a nod in the movie when one of the characters says of the British Empire, "yeah, well, look what happened to that.").

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