Green Street Hooligans
They’re pissed that “Bend it Like Beckham” was a chick movie.

Theatrical Release Date: 09/09/2005
Director: Lexi Alexander
Cast: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani, Marc Warren

This looked like an interesting insight into the European football fascination, especially the whole hooliganry phenomenon in the UK.

A few years ago and I would have cared about as much as the rest of the American cinematic audience. But a little exposure has shown me that there is this massive fascination with the sport all over the globe. It’s about as big as combining NASCAR, NFL and the NBA here in the states.

It stars Elijah “I’ll kick your ass back to the shire” Woo, the “can’t act her way out of a paper bag” Claire Forlani and a few lesser known English actors that are very capable in their roles. Thankfully, Forlani’s part is small enough not to ruefully impact the rest of the film.

Stripping it down to more basic elements, it’s a tale of someone being knocked down and learning the life lesson of standing up and fighting for the things that mean something to them. It’s just that this is done in the quite different world of British soccer gangs.

While I find it to be somewhat genuine, how genuine is beyond my knowledge due to never having been immersed in the culture it examines.

It’s a decent enough film in many ways. It was shot pretty well … I really liked how the fight scenes were filmed … More visually creative while not as disorientating as the fights in “Bourne Supremacy” (yeah, I’m talking to you Greengrass). There was a slightly similar flavor to “Fight Club” (one of my favorites), yet quite different.

It’s a better than average film, but not all that noteworthy at the same time. Hence a 3 of 5 from myself.