If you asked me to name a film that could be turned in to a TV series, Snatch most certainly wouldn’t have been my first choice. In fact, I doubt it even would have crossed my mind! Never-the-less, American TV Streaming company, Crackle, have decided that that’s just what they’d do!
With Snatch being one of my favourite British films, I had to give this a shot and see if it was worth the hype. Snatch the TV Series is loosely based on its movie counterpart from 2000 by Guy Ritchie, in that it’s centred around a heist gone wrong and a thrown boxing match. After that, though, it’s easy to see that this is its own entity.
We start Snatch the Series 15 years prior, with our resident bank robber, Vic Hill (Dougray Scott). He’s just arrived home to give his young son, Albert a piece of gold for good luck, before sending him away as the police storm his house to arrest him.
Fast forward to modern times, and Vic has been behind bars for 15 years and is due release shortly. Albert (now played by Luke Pasqualino) is an underground boxing promoter, drinks salesman and just all round cheeky chap with an entourage of friends. One thing leads to another and our rag tail group of friends get mixed up in a heist gone wrong.
Joining Luke Pasqualino is none other than Rupert Grint (who also serves as Executive Producer) and Lucien Laviscount (Scream Queens, BBC’s Waterloo Road) as the core group of friends. They are flanked by Phoebe Dynevor (Waterloo Road) and Stephanie Leonidas (Defiance, BBC’s Atlantis) who serve as the rest of our young bunch as well as the love interest for the boys!
While the acting calibre isn’t that of the movie, our young stars certainly hold their own throughout all ten of the sixty-minute episodes. Accents slip here and there but you know what? I didn’t mind. There was enough action and a fairly gripping story line that managed to keep my attention throughout. It’s almost like they’re using this as a leap-pad to get noticed for bigger things.
Overall, I enjoyed this crime caper in its stylistic glory although it’s still a far stretch from the 2000 original. Rupert Grint’s accent gets tired very quickly, however, his loveable character will help you get over that. He’s essentially the Tommy to Luke’s Turkish.
If you’re a fan of the film, I would definitely recommend you give this a watch and it is available to watch on Crackle now for those in the States. If you’re elsewhere in the world, you may need to get a little more creative to be able to watch this.
For me, the series is a solid 7/10 with good character development, a great story arch and some interesting twists.
Have you seen the series yet? Are you dubious about watching it? Watch the trailer below and let me know what you thought in the comments below or via twitter.