Guy Ritchie followed up the smash success of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrrels with this similarly themed crime comedy co-starring Brat Pitt.
The film opens with a stylishly shot heist of a huge priceless diamond. The diamond then slips through various hands and complicates the lives of various characters involved in the London criminal underworld, most notably illegal boxing promoter Turkish (Jason Statham from Lock, Stock); rough as guts Gypsy boxer Mickey O'Neil (Brad Pitt); American Avi (Dennis Farina - Midnight Run); the savage Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones, also from Lock, Stock); Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro - The Usual Suspects); Sol (Lennie James); Boris The Blade (Rade Serbedgia - Broken English); Brick Top (Alan Ford) and many others.
Some critics accused Ritchie of merely producing a retread of Lock, Stock, but when a film is as entertaining as Snatch, it seems silly to complain. The multitude of awesome character actors listed above intermingle with ease to produce a consistently entertaining and funny film. It may lack some originality, but at least Ritchie's ripping off himself. And it's a damn site better than all the other wannabe Lock, Stocks that were released after the breakout success of that film.
Ritchie, whose probably better known these days as Madonna's husband than as a successful director, ran into a bit of trouble with his third film. 2002's Swept Away, starring his pop star wife, was universally panned and hailed as one of the worst movies ever.