London gangsters, Alan Ford calling the shots, you know The Smoke going to be worth a watch. It’s similar to Guy Ritchie’s Lock Stock and Snatch, just on a lower level, but they’re both pretty hard to reach.
Brad’s world falls apart around him, annoyed at the universe for everything he does something completely out of character, he tricks some gangsters out of £400,000. The Smoke has a great concept, perhaps not the most original, but it still works with the help of some foul language delivered by Alan Ford.
Brad (Matt Di’Angelo) is as hard-working and law-abiding as any civilised man. Working for a top lawyer firm in London and deeply in love, things are just right for Brad, living the same routine every day. But in one day his whole life will change. He’s fired from his job, which he secretly applauds for getting him out of a rut. But when his girlfriend decides to end everything by text, Brad hits the bar to drown away his sorrows with his best pal Tom (Christian Brassington). This bar is owned and run by a small time drug dealer named Jack (Alan Ford).
Nipping to the toilet, Brad overhears Jack’s two heavies talking over the plan for a drug deal tomorrow worth £400,000. Brushing it away, Brad continues on with his bender. But the next day, when the car in which the drugs will be delivered is left unattended in front of Brad, and with knowing the instructions, he decides being the good guy has given him nothing, he takes a leap into the darker world by stealing the car, making the deal and reaping the rewards. Thinking he’s gotten away with the perfect crime, he then meets Jodie (Lili Bordan), a call girl by force. She wants out of the world she finds herself in and with Brad feeling the same way they grow immediately closer and make plans for a happy future together. But in this gritty world things don’t go to plan, Jodie’s pimp Dmitri (Velibor Topic) and Jack’s men Ben (Stephen Marcus) and Phil (Darren Ripley) are looking for the cause of their inconvenience.
I don’t like comparing films to classics but The Smoke had a similar feel to Danny Boyle’s Snatch and Lock Stock. The Smoke had gentle humour throughout and keeps up with the pace. Alan Ford really earns the film some points, he plays a smaller role than usual but it’s the same role. He’s the bad ass in charge who swears at the perfect moments. The story of Brad is every working stiff’s fantasy, having major changes thrust upon you only to lead to something exciting and dangerous. He even meets his perfect girl.
I thought the way the film ends leaves the story incomplete, you don’t actually know what’s going to happen to the remaining characters; which actually makes a refreshing change to everything being wrapped in a nice bow. Jodie’s situation is actually quite a real one in every big city today and probably true to many women. It helps to make the story real and gives depth to it. It’s just a shame the guy who saves her has people just as bad after him as she has.
The Smoke is another London gangster comedy. It’s not the most original but has some laughs and keeps you entertained.