I couldn't tell if this film was glorifying or condemning hooliganism; I'm not sure the people who made it knew either. My confusion might have been the result of an attempt at nuance, but if so it was a failed one. By the end, I didn't have much sympathy for any of the characters, nor did I particularly like them.
This maybe a movie that doesn't really get the genuine hooligan feeling, it maybe a little "infected" by an american point of view with some moralism, turning it into a bit of a cliché sometimes, still, there's an incredible energy in this movie.
More movies need to have this kind of energy. You could feel the tension the way the GSE walked and carried themselves. The casting was perfect. You could imagine a fight erupting at any mintute just from the dirty looks being exchanged, the furrowing of eyebrows and the taunting.
You don't EVER make a "hooligan film" with an american character on it. It's the purity of working-class europeans, what the bloody hell is a "I-like-succer" american teenage-magot doing with "standard-not-interesting" hooligans? The soundtrack is incomplete, the fights are just ok... I WANNA WATCH A REAL HOOLIGAN MOVIE! Not... this...
El asunto no es demasiado trascendente (una mirada casi de simpatia a una de tantas pandillas de los desmadrosos Hooligans ingleses con el hobbitesco Elijah Wood como hilo conductor del relato). Sin embargo,lo interesante es,como en el caso de Kathryn Bigelow,la garra que muestra la debutante Lexi Alexander (ex-stuntmen y ex-hooligan en la vida real) para abordar el violento y anarquico modo de vida de estos cabrones