The Firm (2009)
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Love's second movie about hooligans marks a quantum leap forward from the messy, senseless violence of 'The Football Factory'.
A watchable, but disappointing, movie that brings nothing new to the serious topic it addresses.
The Firm is hardly calculated to convert those who find Love's work brash, clichéd and empty, but there's a good deal of warmth and humour here.
While it doesn't exactly break new ground thematically, this is Love's most accomplished film to date. Like the terrace heroes who are its subjects, it's as good-looking and stylish as it is dangerously seductive.
Love's films have, in the past, brought me out in a rash - but this one is watchable. It's well made; there's a persistent and welcome undercurrent of humour in the script that reminded me of Love's sparky debut, Goodbye Charlie Bright,
The odd thing is that Love's version feels so bright and breezy, as if he's cosying back up to a wider audience who were turned off by Outlaw's grimy nihilism. If that's the case, it's a wacky choice of subject, but the effort's appreciated.
Audience Reviews for The Firm
I saw UK Blu-ray's The Firm today and... terrible! I liked director Nick Love's The Football Factory and The Business, but this is his worst! I never seen Gary Oldman's 1989 original, but I think better than this! 80s classic music was not greater than The Business! Thank god I sold this Blu-ray on eBay! :-D
It had its moments of humour, and it was quite cool for the period aspect of the film... but it lacked much else, really.
20/08/2010 I enjoyed the hard-knock dialogue, it was quite entertaining to listen to. Well, the fact is it's not good morally, but it's a good flick to see why it's not good to do what it is they did, you know wha' I mean? Another one of those "done before" films but hey, same drink different bottle and label. All I know is that it's a brutal flick with maybe a message, maybe, who knows what they're really trying to teach and encourage. Full of violence and wit, dudes with no care in the world may give it a fiver, but I still have my screws. Not a fiver for me but a definite alright watch. With witty dialogues that pack as much of a punch as the brutality in the story.
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