Green Street Hooligans

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) was in Harvard with a bright future ahead of him, but now he finds himself on the outside. In a poor turn of events, Matt was kicked out of school for reasons he wasn’t responsible for, so now he has to start over. He decides to take some time to clear his head and visit his sister Shannon (Claire Forlani), who happens to live in England. He soon meets Pete Dunham (Charlie Hunnam), who takes him to a football match in order to allow Shannon some private time. Dunham takes the sport seriously, to the point that he will brawl, bleed, and break the law to support his favorite team, West Ham United. Dunham is the leader of the Green Street Elite, a band of diehard fans who share his fanatical perspective on West Ham United. At first, Matt isn’t accepted as part of the group, but he soon proves himself. He becomes primal and as passionate as any other Green Street Elite member, even Dunham himself. But as Dunham is forced to make some hard choices about the group’s direction, will the violence escalate to never before seen levels?

Elijah Wood as a football (aka soccer) hooligan? I was skeptical about how well he could handle this type of role, but I gave Green Street Hooligans a shot. As I am not a soccer fan in the least, I have no clue of how realistic the film portrays the fans or the atmosphere surrounding the sport. I just hoped for some brutal violence in the form of hooligan riots and brawls. And since the back cover shows the hooligans with bloody noses and busted up faces, I assumed I was safe to assume the violence would be prominent. The fight do come often and are well crafted, though more flash than impact. Even so, the violence is effective, I just wanted a little more brutal, raw energy out of those sequences. As always, there must be a social message wrapped up with a bow and this film proves to be no exception to that. The journey is laden with bumps and curves, but lessons are learned and we’re all better people for the experience. The last place I want to learn such moral messages is in a movie I only wanted to see for the violence. Wood is more than solid, much better than I expected, but he is the weak link in the cast, despite his efforts. Green Street Hooligans is probably cool if you’re a soccer nut, but I don’t like the sport, so I can only go so far as to recommend a rental.

Video: How does it look?

Green Street Hooligans is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen.This film has a unique visual style, but this transfer handles it with little trouble, very impressive indeed. The print shows some flaws, but not enough to be concerned over, while the compression is flawless throughout. The offbeat color scheme is well presented and while the hues often look skewed, this is intentional and as such, there’s no reason to be worried over this one. No issues in terms of contrast either, as black levels are well balanced and I saw no visible detail loss. I was a little skeptical about how well this visual presentation would turn out, but Warner has more than delivered the goods and then some.

Audio: How does it sound?

This one has a rockin’ soundtrack and plenty of upbeat sequences, so the included Dolby Digital 5.1 option is able to shine, which it does. The surrounds aren’t used to extreme ends per se, but they do see substantial use and that proves to be enough. From the music to the fights to various other elements, it all sounds terrific and immersive here. The dialogue is clean and crisp also, though it won’t help with some of the thicker accents if you’re not used to them. This disc also includes subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes Terence Jay music video, as well as a behind the scenes featurette.

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