Thursday, June 09, 2011

The Cult of (Cathode) Ray

Vol. 3

Green Street (2005) United Kingdom/United States

I got this movie on a whim and ended up really liking it. There are things here and there that cheesed it up but overall, the movie was enjoyable to watch and actually made me want to get tanked and watch football with my friends from the UK.

The movie starts very quickly, not a ton of back story to bore you to death before your interest is captured. It's about a poor little rich kid named Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) who takes the rap for his dope-dealing collage roommate and gets kicked out of school. He uses this as an excuse to visit his sister in the UK where he meets her husband's brother, Pete (Charlie Hunnam), who is a Cockney thug who is persuaded by money to take Matt to a football game and get him out of the house. Matt meets Pete's friends, learns what Football Hooligans do, befriends everyone. You know the drill and you know how this story goes. But, it's not the story that is the real meat and potatoes of this pic, it's the cinematography, the directing and (from some) the acting.

The only person I couldn't stand and can't stand in anything in which I've seen her attempt to act is Claire Forlani as Shannon, Matt's sister. God, she just sucks the life out of every scene she's in. Thankfully, she's not in it much and doesn't manage to ruin an otherwise great film.

Elijah and Charlie are great as is Marc Warren as Steve, Shannon's husband. But stand outs are Leo Gregory as Bovver and Rafe Spall as Swill. You may remember Rafe from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. He's not overly prominent in this movie but he steals every scene he's in.

I liked this film a lot but director Lexi Alexander realy stunk shit up with Punisher: War Zone so I wouldn't advise going out and seeing anything else of hers without a little research. Green Street however... Get your hands on it! Rent it, Netflix it, buy it!



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