Sunday, August 3, 2008

Green Street Hooligans

Elijah Wood plays a kid that gets kicked out of Harvard for drugs found in his room that belong to his uber-douchebag roommate. This leads him to travel to merry ol' England to visit his sister and her new husband and child over there. He befriends his new brother-in-law's younger brother and his crew of soccer hooligan buddies... I think they might be from around the Green Street area. The new Yank in the crew is not entirely welcome by all and gets in the mix with their numerous rivalries and post-game scraps. To keep from spoiling anything or giving too many details, I'll just start heading over to the ratings...
(Need a rating system reminder?)

Running Time: 109 minutes
Original Release: 2005

Pump up the Jams - $2

First things first... 'football' fight songs and other British drinking songs. I would just leave it at that, but the supporting soundtrack worked well to amplify hardcore or emotional elements of the fights and other scenes throughout the movie.

Acting - $2
The combination of popular American actors and less familiar faces from across the pond helped keep the acting fresh as you can't get too comfortable with people you connect to so many other roles and characters. Every... single... person in this movie delivered an astounding performance that begs to be seen time and again.

Repeat Play - $1
To no fault of its own, this movie is not one that can be watched on an extremely regular basis. The story gets heavy and the drama gets intense leaving the viewer wanting to see more but needing time to rest in between.

Action and Ass-Kickery - $2
This movie is jam-packed with brutal face-to-face and fist-to-fist street brawls between rival firms ("gangs" for everyone over Americanized). Hooligans to the bone, the young lads that the movie centers on are too busy kicking ass to even bother taking names. It's pretty much several rounds of the famous fight from They Live.

Billicious - $2
British people? Check. Awesome fights? Check. That chick from Mallrats? Check.

Total Review: $9
A strong story set in England is pretty much aces for me. Seeing Elijah Wood get repeatedly punched in the face is icing on the cake. If they had managed to somehow include dinosaurs or ninjas too, it might have gotten the perfect score.

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