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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. Raw and real it captures the era perfectly
This is a great film. Captures the class divide, 80's Yuppies and the social changes. Those that disagree where probably not even born when this was set. Tough, real, violent and up close. The film captures the feel of the time, perfectly.

With excellent production techniques & casting this feels so much bigger than just a film about football violence. It...
Published on 12 Jun. 2010 by Mr. B. R. Good

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3.0 out of 5 stars Anderson has nothing on Oldman....
Dom is a teenager who finds himself drawn into the charismatic world of football 'casuals,influenced by the firm's top boy, Bex.

Accepted by the gang for his fast mouth and sense of humour, Dom soon becomes one the boys.

But as Bex and his gang clash with rival firms across the country and the violence spirals out of control, Dom realises he wants...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. Raw and real it captures the era perfectly, 12 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: The Firm [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
This is a great film. Captures the class divide, 80's Yuppies and the social changes. Those that disagree where probably not even born when this was set. Tough, real, violent and up close. The film captures the feel of the time, perfectly.

With excellent production techniques & casting this feels so much bigger than just a film about football violence. It should be considered a 'cult classic'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Anderson has nothing on Oldman...., 16 May 2015
This review is from: The Firm [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Dom is a teenager who finds himself drawn into the charismatic world of football 'casuals,influenced by the firm's top boy, Bex.

Accepted by the gang for his fast mouth and sense of humour, Dom soon becomes one the boys.

But as Bex and his gang clash with rival firms across the country and the violence spirals out of control, Dom realises he wants out - until he learns it's not that easy to simply walk away.

I do like Nick Love. Sometimes his movies and him are subliminally referred as the British Uwe Boll. This isn't the case. His films are an acquired taste.

It's a shame then that he has gone slightly downhill remaking the classic BBc drama of the eighties. That was a gritty film, not glamorising the violence, and Focused on Bex's family life struggling with his obsession of football. And it was sometimes very funny with it's witty script.

Even though this film is entertaining, they have made a huge mistake by not focusing on Bex as the main character, they have decided to go down the route of every football hooligan flick, and focus on a newbie.

And it just doesn't have the same impact. The Football Factory/Green Street/Awaydays have already covered this, so why did Love decide to take a step back.

Other than that though the film is quite solid, and a lot of the characters are amusing, and if you are a fan of the eighties, you will feel a little bit of nostalgia hearing music and seeing TV shows and the fashion.

So it's not all bad, but sadly a little disappointing, especially the scenes that are taken right from the original.

If you haven't seen the Oldman version, see this first, and see a true classic.
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2.0 out of 5 stars WHAT THE BEX? A RUSTY HOOLIGAN REMAKE FROM NICK LOVE, 27 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Firm [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
Nick Love mercifully gets away from the "saving the nation" vigilante dross of Outlaw to give us an everyday tale of housing estate life and hooliganism, with some rites of passage stuff thrown in. As in his much-slated, but pleasantly ludicrous, Costa del Crime romp, The Business, Nick goes all 80s on us, so we have background gags about exercise videos, while everyone is break-dancing when they're not cracking heads or getting handy with a Stanley knife. The sound-track kicks off, incongruously, with Soft Cell's Tainted Love, with plenty of Kool and the Gang to follow and (apologies to Paul Weller) Town Called Malice. Bring on the urban grit. In fairness to Nick Love, the Firm is a loving tribute to THE FIRM, from 20 years earlier. Directed by Alan Clarke, this was greeted at the time as the starkest and shrewdest cinematic take on football violence to date. Gary Oldman snarled and sizzled memorably as estate agent Bex. In truth, the original was an often dreary account of train excursions, stabbings and estate agent banter. Love brings very little that's new. Paul Anderson, seen more recently as dodgy avenger Piggy, dances liker a gangly pillock, but his Bex is not to be underestimated, part older brother, part borderline psycho. Everyone wants to be Bex's mate, but few come close. But fresh-faced Dom, played by Calum MacNab, somehow cuts it. Dom copes with the peer pressure, gets the right gear (trainers costs a fortune) uses the right slang and is invited to poorly planned 'meets' with rival firms. What a baptism. Dad, played by Eddie Webber, who lost his head to the Colombians in The Business, thinks Bex is a bad influence. Too right. Dom should have stuck with ginger Terry, who wants his old mate back. Don't ask for the quote about the tampon. Bex lets it all get too personal with gang rival Yeti, a shadow of the Phil Davis version from way back. You know the rest. Go watch Awaydays instead, or even the Factory.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as original but a good watch, 26 Mar. 2013
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A good re-make from a different preception of the original film.
A good watch but not as good as the original film.
despatched quickly thanks
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not such a naughty firm after all, 24 April 2014
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The original (tv) drama from the 80's had one great thing as a selling point: Gary Oldman. He was electric as Bex. Charasmatic but as mad as a bag of snakes; a likeable sociopath that sort if became the template for much of Oldmans's later work. Here though, Bex is played as a vicious bully with no redeeming qualities. A mindless thug followed by equally mindless thugs. But I guess that might be closer to reality, but it makes it quite hard to sell the story when the hooligans messiah is a total loser from the get go. But I'm not knocking the actors. They play the parts of terrace tossers well enough, but aside from dressed in silly 80's sportswear, so the real 'fun' surely would be in the violent rucks which is really anyone interested in casual sub-culture ( or hooli films) would give a toss about anyway. This is where the film is a huge let down. The fights are incredibly boring. You never really get 'caught up' in the action because Nick Love has left his gloves on for this one. A shame really because this could have been the best hooli film yet, instead it pales in comparison to the original on just about every level.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Passable but not memorable- a missed opportunity, 8 Dec. 2014
This review is from: The Firm [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
Nick Love's The Firm certainly has a love for the 80s, but the film doesn't quite pull it off. We are never emotionally attached to the actors, and by the end you don't care who gets hurt when the fighting breaks out. This is partially due to the poor script but also because the film focuses only on two main characters- Bek, the head of the firm and Dom a naive shy kid who wants a bit of excitement but bites off more than he can chew.

The realism of the hooligans which dogged English football in the 80s is pretty much spot on and there are as you would expect in a Nick Love film some hilarious scenes. But dare I suggest there could have been more impact violence? Not violence for violence sakes, but for an emotional response, from us the viewer. Without it, we are left with an empty yet fairly enjoyable 90 minutes.

Try and find the original TV movie that this film was based from, it has A list actors and is much better.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So, you want to go to Europe, do you Dominic..., 29 Jan. 2010
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A pretty enjoyable remake of the 80s TV film. This version differs from the original in a number of ways but still retains many of the most memorable scenes.Where as the original placed almost all the emphasis on Bex (the top boy in "The Firm") and his rivalry with Yeti (his nemesis and leader of a rival firm), in this version,although the rivalry between Bex and Yeti is still there, there is more emphasis placed on the rites of passage into the firm of Dom, a young lad from a down at heel estate.
As Bex becomes more obsessed (and unhinged) with his need to fulfill what he sees as his destiny as top boy in a combined English firm,to follow the England national team into Europe, realisation dawns on Dom that the buzz and the clobber cannot compensate for feeling bullied, afraid and to some extent, betrayed.
The original suffers in comparison when you look at the attention to detail in this newer version. The clothes in particular in this version are a very accurate refelection of what was predominant at the time on the terraces -some of the Fila,Tacchini and Diadora etc, gear worn in the film still can't be beaten when it comes to football fashion.
In some ways (although obviously impossible) it's a shame that we could not have a hybrid of the old and the new version. Gary Oldman was excellent as Bex in the original for example but as already touched on, the clothes worn in the original, were rubbish (the new version took advice from a specialist 80s casual clothing website for authenticity).
This is not a tale that anyone could argue glorifies violence and fighting at football, the repercussions (both potential and real) on family and self of being involved are well explored in the many darker moments of the film(although there are some pretty funny moments as well and it certainly scores on the nostalgia front).
All in all, a pretty good remake, the clobber is great, the music is thumping but as the previous reviewer has pointed out some of the dialogue is a bit iffy.
Very enjoyable but probablly not a 100% "classic" British film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average, 2 April 2011
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This film isnt as good as the original firm but its a good effort, the first time i watched it i wasnt keen but after watching it again i started to enjoy it, but in this version the portrayed Beck's as a in a different way, he's a big bully in this, good acting, funny outfits and a good taste in music, 3 out of 5
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Culture Classic!, 6 Nov. 2012
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I wasn't ever a real fan of the original Gary Oldman film "The Firm". So this gave it the much needed refresh and rethink that it needed. I think overall origianl Firm fans wern't overly impressed by this remake, but if you were like me and didn't really enjoy Oldman's version then this was the film for you.

There are a few familiar faces in the cast from other hooligan and gangland films, Calum McNab in the joint lead role who you will recognise as Raff from Football Factory, his dad you will recognise from The Business and other actors such as Paul Anderson and Daniel Mays have large roles. The soundtrack is fantastic, a typical eighties soundtrack.. all that keeps playing back in my head is "Don't you stop it..don't you stop..don't stop the music". Nick Love really nailed everything down in this, the clothes..Fila and Sergio Tacchini tracksuits..everything in this film just transports you back to the 1980's. The storyline has been toyed with a little bit, but I think that benefits the film and its actors, and like foremmentioned..I didn't like the original, as much as I tried.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Firm, 24 Dec. 2010
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J. driver "duke 73" (manchester, uk) - See all my reviews
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A watchable DVD but not as good as the original BBC drama with Gary Oldman in it. I found that they used a lot of the same material and even quotes from the original. If you like watching Hooligan films, then it is ok but not as good as the original or other hooligan films.
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