Green Street Hooligans (2005)
Critic Consensus: When it comes to the subculture of soccer thugs, Green Street Hooligans lacks sufficient insight, and instead comes off as a Fight Club knock-off.
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Critic Reviews for Green Street Hooligans
There's a good movie to be made about the violent world of British soccer, or football, as it's called on the other side of the pond. This isn't it.
The script is a jumble of caricatures and cliches.
It's what you thought Fight Club was going to be, before it went in a whole other (and far more interesting) direction.
Audience Reviews for Green Street Hooligans
Along the same kinda lines as 'The Football Factory' but nowhere near as gritty and in your face, this film suffers from a slight case of Hollywood glitz.
Not just because Elijah Wood is in it, that is one reason of course, but the violence just seems more coordinated and setup, whilst the many British actors in the film all have rather hokey cockney accents which seem rather forced, some not all.
The film centres around West Ham United Firm 'GSE: Green Street Elite' although the real firm is called 'ICF: Inner City Firm' and follows the guys around as they go to matches and plan on fights with rival firms. Nothing much different from other 'firm' flicks but the added plot of Yankee Wood who slowly fits in against his UK based sisters wishes and grows to enjoy the lifestyle.
No one really that well known in the film accept Wood who is TOTALLY out of place in this type of flick but I guess that's the idea right. Only thing is you simply can't see Wood ever getting tough enough to do what he does in the film, never in a month of Sundays.
Good entertainment but using allot of artistic license and second best to 'The Football Factory' and 'The Firm'...if your into these types of films.
Superb acting and very emotional drama. You immediately get sucked into the story. Additionally, it also has great pacing and a highly intriguing storyline. Final rating: a weak "4" from me.
Green Street Hooligans is one of those rare films where we get are glad we watched it and is probably Elijah Woods best performance (besides LOTR).
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