Stealin' stones and breakin' bones.
Bare-knuckle boxing promoter Turkish (Lock, Stock's Stratham) has a problem. While attempting to buy a mobile caravan off a group of Irish travellers, his prize-fighter Gorgeous George is knocked for six after a brawl with one of the "pikeys", 'One Punch' Mickey O'Neil (Pitt). Trouble is, George has already been signed-up to lose in a fixed fight organised by unsavoury East-End crime boss Brick Top (Alan Ford), whose favourite pastime is feeding unfortunates to his man-eating pigs, 'Hannibal'-style.
Left with only one alternative, to convince Mickey to take the fight instead, Turkish finds himself dropped well-and-truly in the Eartha Kii when, instead of biting the mat like he's supposed to, Mickey knocks his opponent out with a single punch. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Big Smoke, the theft of a priceless diamond goes down and New York crime boss Avi (Dennis Farina) arrives on the scene after the gargantuan jewel he was supposed to receive goes missing. Needless to say, the two seemingly unconnected storylines are set to collide in a bloody and very British fashion.
Guy Ritchie's follow-up to the immensely successful Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels is a much more polished affair, incorporating everything the first film did so well - the devilishly intertwined plotlines, the hilarious punchlines, the innovative cinematographic style - and doing it even better.
The cast is fantastic, with a few Hollywood celebrities appearing alongside the British regulars sporting some of the most odd-sounding characters names since Barbarella: Vinnie Jones as Bullet-Tooth Tony and Eastender's Mike Reid as Jewish wannabee Doug The Head (his mobile phone rings to the tune of "Hava Nagila").
Everyone in the film puts in an excellent performance, but Pitt deserves a special mention as Mickey, the incomprehensible but strangely charismic Irish Gypsy boxer who just wants the best for his Mam.
Best of all, the one-lines flow thick and fast; trust me, you'll be repeating them for weeks.
Screenings of this film:
|2000/2001 Spring Term - 19:00 Sunday 28th January 2001|
|2000/2001 Spring Term - 22:00 Sunday 28th January 2001|
|2000/2001 Spring Term - 19:00 Monday 29th January 2001|
|2004/2005 Spring Term - 22:30 Friday 4th February 2005|