Green Street (18)

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Time Out says

Tue Sep 6 2005

It used to be nearly impossible for Brits to venture abroad without a chatty foreigner acknowledging our nationality by mock-clenching his fists and exclaiming, ‘Oh yes, football ’ooligans!’ But that was the ’80s. Does it take that long for cinema to catch up with the real world? No, we’ve already had ‘The Firm’, ‘ID’ and ‘Football Factory’ – all better films about football violence. This strong sense of redundancy aside, though, ‘Green Street’ never recovers from a fatal and, frankly, crazy premise. German director Lexi Alexander gives us Elijah Wood as Matt, a Harvard journalism drop-out who becomes a West Ham-supporting football hooligan while visiting his sister (Claire Forlani) in London. Harvard? Hooligan? Elijah Wood? I can understand Wood’s desire to ditch his freaky elf image, but this is beyond credible. And it gets worse. Charlie Hunnam (last seen writhing beneath Aiden Gillen in TV’s ‘Queer as Folk’) delivers a truly appalling performance as Pete, a home-grown Brit thug and Matt’s conduit into hooliganism. Pete is London born and bred, so why does Hunnam’s accent swing violently from Dublin to Sydney, only occasionally stopping on home turf? And the idea that Matt’s background in media studies puts him in mortal danger among his fellow hooligans is no less ludicrous. A disaster (of a) film.
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Release details

Rated:

18

UK release:

Fri Sep 9, 2005

Duration:

109 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Elijah Wood, Marc Warren, Claire Forlani, Charlie Hunnam

Editor:

Paul Trejo

Cinematography:

Alexander Buono

Producer:

Donald Zuckerman, Gigi Pritzker, Deborah Del Prete

Screenwriter:

Dougie Brimson, Lexi Alexander

Director:

Lexi Alexander

Production Designer:

Tom Brown

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Al

Saw this film for the first time last night. Abysmal. Ignorant fantasty cliche upon ignorant fantasy cliche. Puerile luvvie drivel.

Thomas Noctor

Posh people can be criminals too, just cause football fans like this doesn't make us stupid at all, its a difference of opinion. Class film, great story, those who like Chick Flicks probably won't like it!

Thomas Noctor

Posh people can be criminals too, just cause football fans like this doesn't make us stupid at all, its a difference of opinion. Class film, great story, those who like Chick Flicks probably won't like it!

Mr Common Sense

IF you think this is a good film then you are really a simple thing. Its terrible, the story is ridiculous (a posh harvard student who suddenly is laying people out and taking blows on the chin) its just terrible. BAd actiong makes it even more apauling though. Any Brit shoukld be embarresed by this film

Thomas Noctor

In my top 5 favourite movies of all time, this shows the Americans the old tradition of the worlds most bitter rivals. In this 'soccer hooligan' movie we are introduced first to the hard side of these people, then the tender side and finally the desperate side. Wood is brilliant in this much better than he was in the boring Lord of the Rings series. This is a must see!!!!!!!!!!

Thomas Noctor

In my top 5 favourite movies of all time, this shows the Americans the old tradition of the worlds most bitter rivals. In this 'soccer hooligan' movie we are introduced first to the hard side of these people, then the tender side and finally the desperate side. Wood is brilliant in this much better than he was in the boring Lord of the Rings series. This is a must see!!!!!!!!!!

Jo

Could not disagree more. This is one of my favourite films, and I think the performance of Charlie Hunnam is fantastic. A moving and emotional journey of a film. The film is engrossing and great viewing for any working ckass football fan. A fantastic film, with fantastic performances, and the ending is very humbling.

Jo

Could not disagree more. This is one of my favourite films, and I think the performance of Charlie Hunnam is fantastic. A moving and emotional journey of a film. The film is engrossing and great viewing for any working ckass football fan. A fantastic film, with fantastic performances, and the ending is very humbling.

Trent

An appalling film. Less than credible accents, and ridiculous casting aside, it steers so far from reality and stumbles over so many desperate clichés it feels like a lame cartoon.