Posted on 12/05/10 12:05 PM
(Written due to a request- if you ask me to write a review on a film you want to know about, I will definitely do it, given that I have the time.)
The fact that A: it was a direct-to-DVD release, and B: has the supposed main star's (of the Goal! series- Santi himself) name reduced to small writing on the bottom-right corner of the cover kinda tells you what sort of sludgy crap the producers have unleashed upon the unsuspecting viewer.
The main focal point of anger would be how Goal 3 completely- and I mean that- disregards the previous two films. Goal! (first one) was a brilliant (if not slightly cliched and predictable) tale of a young man rise from his troubled life into a footballing superstar, simple as. Goal 2 was good as well, I felt it wasn't as good but, story-wise, a satisfactory addition, though I can see why it wasn't that successful (thats for me to write on another potential review).
The first two shows us a boy become a man, and his family troubles, even leaving a cliffhanger at the end of 2, then BAM! out comes number 3, with: hardly any Santi; *nothing* about Santi, or his family, or what becomes of them; 2 supposedly established footballers (fictional characters) pop out of nowhere; seriously-bad, uncanny and simply ridiculous situations; and god knows what else....
Goal 3 is just about some 2 random guys in the World Cup, with *nothing* (i.e. characters, underlying storylines) at all from the first 2 in it (aside from 10 mins at-the-most of Santi), all mashed together in a cheap, horribly fake excuse to make money- it may have well been called something else... in fact doing that wouldve probably got the film better reviews (if any critics bothered)
I knew it would be bad, but I still wanted to see the "conclusion" of Goal, and I don't regret watching this, however much of a half-baked turkey it is.
If you wish to keep your view on the Goal! series pure, don't watch this. if you want to know what becomes of Santiago Nunez, feel free to watch, but you have been warned: he doesn't play football in this film. Hmmm.
Additional: When these 2 now-main characters play on the pitch, its very much obvious that theyre in front of a green-screen with stock football imaging behind them. maybe they couldn't get enough footage, 'cause in one scene they got a guy to be "Beckham" (or someone else in the England squad at the time), despite the very-much visible wig on the guy.