Snatch: An Oral Film Review

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It's about stealin' stones and breakin' bones.Snatch is the highly anticipated motion picture from writer/director Guy Ritchie, as a follow up from his previous film, 'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'. Released in 2000, it was given a greater budget than 'Lock Stock', and therefore was allowed to spend more on location, props, and actors.This film stars Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones, Alan Ford, Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina, and Benicio Del Toro. Its plot is both twisted and intriguing, a rollercoaster ride of intertwined stories that that are all, in some way or another, related. The basic outline is this: a diamond exchange in Antwerp is robbed, the diamond now to go to New York. But someone is tipped off, and the diamond is getting chased by 3 parties.In the middle of all this, two boxing promoters want a new caravan, and they go to a gypsy camp to collect it, and end up having to put their prized boxer, Gorgeous George in a fight with Mickey, a pikey (gypsy). After being knocked out and injured (in one hit), the boys enroll Mickey as their new fighter, much to the 'disappointment' of Brick Top, a gangster that organizes fights. Both parts of the plot are very well intertwined, and this makes a fantastic film that I would recommend for pretty much anyone.But there is one scene that sounds out from the rest of the film like a black eye. I am talking about the final boxing scene; the climax of the film. In this scene, Mickey is asked to go down (get knocked out) in the fourth round of this match, or Brick Top and his cronies will kill him and his boxing promoters, Tommy and Turkish, and feed their bodies to pigs. Charming.The scene starts off with Mickey, Tommy, and Turkish entering the arena, and getting into a fight on the way. The first thing you notice is the brownish hue that affects the scene's colour, and the low contrast, used to depict the illegitimacy, and cold-bloodedness of the fight. The camera is also positioned behind members of the ringside audience, to really give the film's audience the impression that they are actually there. It is obscured so that it seems that you (the audience) is in the second row of the arena.Mickey steps into the ring, and the fight begins. The first punch is thrown by Mickey, and nearly knocks his opponent, 'Goodnight' Anderson, out. But Anderson regains his balance, and starts to fight back. The scene alternates angles a lot, to give it the feeling of extreme pace. The use of the heavy rock song, 'Fucking in the Bushes', by Oasis, injects the scene with anger and speed.A shaky camera gives the audience sensation of actually being there to witness the fight. Towards the end of the fight, the segment of film that my visual representation illustrates, is the thrilling climax to the fight. Anderson throws a huge punch, which hits Mickey in the jaw. Anderson is framed by a...

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