Snatch, grab, steal! At first glance--what with all of the oddly named British thugs, blatant Mafia-style gore, a crisscrossing plot and flashy edits--it seems all Madonna boy-toy and writer-director Guy Ritchie has done here is simply pilfer from his own 1998 semi-hit Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. But the familiarity slowly becomes welcoming.
And as the story of fixed boxing matches and jewel thievery unfolds, it becomes clear Ritchie knows how to start a fire--striking with more accuracy, confidence and cleverness here than in Smoking. He even makes Brad Pitt's gibberish-speaking, street-fighting gypsy (who harbors an affection for ugly bikini underwear) work. Surround that with choice talent like Dennis Farina, Benicio Del Toro and the film's hapless centerpiece, Jason Statham, and Snatch is anything but a rip-off.