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What a waste of Celluloid,
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This review is from: The Firm [DVD]  (DVD)
Nick Love (Football Factories) has a gift for torrential slang and puts it to work here, and it's full of it. It's not exactly Only Fools and Horses and you would be hard pushed to understand the dialogue in places unless you grew up in that time. The world doesn't exactly need a remake of the scalding 1988 Alan Clarke TV film about football violence, what with Awayday's its all a bit contrived if not tedious. The only difference is that this is set in London not Liverpool and if full of ridiculous eighties banter. Still it's better than Green Street
As lead hooligan Bex, (Paul Anderson) has glowering presence and a delightfully terrible pudding-bowl haircut, but he looks and dances like a nerd and not quite as convincing as Gary Oldman. Another aharacter in the film "Trigger" seems to have more prowess and attitude than the top Boy Bex. The costume design however is awesome. If you think back to the 1980s and think tracksuits with Ellesse, Kappa, Adidas trainers and you're pretty much there. Attention to detail with the script, the cars, the drab estates and the way in which the news was reported is all spot. The funky 80s jazz soundtrack is audible through pretty much all of the movie and is a perfect fit.
The backbone of 'The Firm' focuses around the football gang violence which occurred in the 1980's. Groups would use football matches as reasons to meet up and fight one another for supremacy off the pitch. They dressed in expensive European sports wear to avoid detection from the police and to prevent their colours (team they supported) from being exposed. Many of the gangs ring leaders organised their troops with military precision and were not from the depressed housing estates but from middle class suburbia.
This however is where the similarities with the original TV movie start to occur and finish. In this incarnation, the movie tends focus on the fashion and the physiology of a normal lad living on an estate trying to get through his teenage years by trying to be as cool as possible (Jimmy in Quadrophenia) springs to mind). Dom the central character believes that hanging around with Bex is where he'll gain the most respect and find his place in life and gets completely wrapped up in the football hooligan's life.
The fight scenes are messy and sporadic but actually that's how I remember gang fights chaos. So many amphetamine fuelled youths charging around yelling and looking mean but not really knowing who the enemy is.
Would I say this movie is better as the original TV movie -NO WAY, The original was portrayed with more conviction and was believable you could actually identify with the characters and match them to people you knew. The original made you as the viewer feel intimidated and weary. With this the characters come across like cardboard cut-outs, they try there best but they were never going to better than the original. At least Awaydays although a carbon copy of sorts has its own but indifferent story line.
Give this film a miss unless you have nothing better to do
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Initial post: 27 Feb 2010, 11:43:14 GMT
Awaydays wasnt set in Liverpool.
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