Snatch

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In Snatch, Guy Ritchie’s sophomore follow-up to his 1998 sleeper hit Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, the adrenaline-fueled director revisits his previous film’s territory of London’s crime-ridden underbelly, and does so with the same brand of dark humor and stylish direction that made that first film a surprise success. With a twisty plot that is ostensibly centered on a missing diamond, Snatch follows three groups of low-life characters (con men, hit men, mobsters … you get the picture), intent on retrieving the elusive stone, which has been stolen from an Antwerp jeweler. Featuring a stellar cast of highly watchable character actors, including Jason Statham, Dennis Farina, Benicio Del Toro and perhaps most memorably of all, Brad Pitt as a virtually incomprehensible Irish gypsy/boxer, Snatch is a turbo-charged comic caper that doesn’t slow down until the final frame. (Dir. by Guy Ritchie, 2001, 103 mins., Rated R) Digital