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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking movie, 6 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: The Firm [DVD] (DVD)
For those who don't know, in the UK a firm is a group of football 'fans' (I use that word lightly) who support a particular football team and fight with other firms to gain notoriety and 'respect'. Of course, the UK has long had a history with football hooliganism but it was at its height in the seventies and eighties, and this TV movie made for the BBC as part of "Screen Two" is one that is often held as the benchmark of hooliganism films along with ID. Whilst the punch-ups look a bit silly in this, the rest of the violence is quite extreme in the manner of how it is portrayed, with Gary Oldman insanely scary as Bex. The story, whilst short, is very well put together and shows how casual football violence is something that is taken part by not just the lower class, but also by people with highly regarded jobs and how it affects their lives and the people around them. The Firm doesn't hold anything back, packing a punch that takes you into the minds of the football hooligans portrayed, especially in the final scene where they talk about the fact they do it because they love the rush, whether for their club team, or following England. Recommended. 4/5
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