Lock Stock has a marvelously convoluted and interconnected plot of filled with supporting players and kingpins of London’s seedy underground. However, the main crux of the storyline focuses on four long-time friends, twenty-somethings: Bacon (Jason Statham in his film debut), Soap (Fletcher), Tom (Flemyng), and Eddy (Moran). Seeking to make a quick buck, the four are able to scratch together £100 grand to enter Eddy into an underground poker tournament. However, they soon find themselves conned out of their money by London kingpin Harry "The Hatchet" Lonsdale and somehow end up owing him an additional £500,000. They either pay up or Edy’s father, played by music legend Sting, will lose his bar. Oh, and they will each lose a finger each day until the debt is paid.
The foursome’s urgent quest to scrape together Harry’s money unleashes an unlikely but enthralling chain of events. Their pursuit ropes in all types of members from London’s varied underground, from violent robbers, docile marijuana grower, an underground stolen goods dealer named ‘Nick the Greek’, to Samoan gang lord Rory Breaker and many more. Vinnie Jones, the former Welsh footballer with a violent reputation makes a memorable film debut as Big Chris, who with his son Little Chris forms a debt collecting partnership for Hatchet Harry.
Lock Stock had an ensemble cast featuring a mixture of British cinema icons and upcoming actors. The cast included Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Steven Mackintosh, Vinnie Jones, Nicholas Rowe, Nick Marcq, Lenny McLean, P. H. Moriarty, Stephen Marcus, Vas Blackwood, Alan Ford and Sting. Lock Stock not only introduced Guy Richie to audiences, but launched the acting careers of the aforementioned Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones, both have gone on to carve out a niche in American movies.