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Glitz 'n' glamour doesn't work in a 'down n dirty' lifestyle
Lexi Alexander fails to create a good, strong, realistic film about the lifestyles of football hooligans in London's East Side. In America it might have worked well, but I doubt many British viewers, especially ones who have a half-decent knowledge of football hooliganism, would be impressed.
The main problem with this film is the fighting. Yes, sometimes it does look good, and can be brutal. But it's way too glitzy, too choreographed. You don't get a real sense of ferocity, or adrenaline, when watching this. Anyone who's seen a firm fight will know that these guys don't hit each other with clean, crisp punches, it's actually really scrappy. Also, I feel the ending of the big finale looked a bit stupid; not only did the members of GSE and Bushwhackers stop, but they even crowded round in a circle and bow their heads (Bit like the end of West Side Story. really).
I felt sorry for the two main actors. Elijah Wood was an... interesting decision, and he did try his best with what he was given. Unfortunately, no matter how hard he tried, he always looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Charlie Hunnam's entire performance (which is actually quite good) of the GSE's new head boy Pete is overshadowed by his dodgy, all-over- the-place accent. If the stories are true though, Alexander is to blame for that as she fired his dialect coach early into filming. On the upside on the acting front, Leo Gregory gives a great performance as the cynical, loose canon member of the GSE, Bovver. He definitely looks the part, and gives the character a real gritty depth.
Unlike many football hooligan films, this one attempts to inject a plot and some morality into it. Which is fine, but just doesn't work with this.
It's not a bad, BAD film, but it's nowhere near perfect, and the fact it fails to be realistic to the culture sadly makes it worse. If you want a more accurate, grittier, down-to-earth and realistic film, watch "The Football Factory".
So awful I think its great!
before the film even kicks off you know its gonna be awful. i managed to watch through it, and actually laughed myself stupid! but i'm pretty sure thats not what David decoteau was hoping for... where to start... the mummy itself. this is supposed to be an Aztec corpse, thousands of years old. its FAT. and slow. the effects are absolutely abysmal, and no matter how much fake lightning you through behind it, its still not scary. next up is the actors. where they came from, no-one knows. where they've gone, no-one cares. each character that face the mummy turn to the "hands-on-face-scream-lungs-out-but-dont-run" technique! the main character, norm, has the most IRRITATING habit of raising his eyebrows every time he delivers 2 words of his dialogue. the hero Dom is just soooo boring (and gets a limp for no reason in the big climax finale), the female lead Stacey seems determined to make sure her friends know shes a virgin (nt surprising when you see her!) the dialogue is also HILARIOUSLY bad. such ones that tickled me are "i'll just slip into something a little more... naked." "big spiders, wherever you are... stay there", "they need a virgin... Stacey's a virgin............. STACEY!!!!!!!" and the best of all "all our friends are dead..... but i wanna get on with my life". watch it, for comedy value. PS. large consumption of alcohol before viewing strongly recommended!
if you cant be bothered to try, don't do it at all
We all know that the world is full of dodgy, rip-off horror films. Some of these can be fun to watch, due to their stupidity, awful effects and iffy dialogue. But Raptor, which could have been in the same league as the equally pointless Carnosaur series, does not even ATTEMPT to have any enjoyment in it. Its so poorly done, it is really unbearable, even if your just watching it with the intentions of having a no-brain day at home. Where do we start? Well... the sets are pretty drab. My old drama group created more realistic stages. The genetics labs look like they are from a university, and it looks equally unbelievable on the outside (Even for cover-up, why would you place yourself near civilisation where people can easily hear the dinosaur roars), whilst the doctors ward just doesn't look believable at all. Next up in the complaints list is the creature effects; well, what can I say? Absolutely pitiful. Also, I think it's worth mentioning, the woman's tits should be mentioned as an effect. Both of the main female characters have so obviously had boob-jobs, and it brings the characters down, being one female is a respected member of police, whilst the other is the sweet, "innocent" daughter of the towns sheriff. The acting, though, is by far the worst tragedy. Eric Roberts can be excused for at least trying a bit to give his role something. Thats where it ends. Corbin Benson should have killed his costume designer for making his lacklustre performance look even more pathetic, whilst the female lead looks SO bored (Though, with this film you could let her off). The other character I'll point out is the daughter, who lets her tits do all the acting in the "raunchy" sex scene (Ten minutes of endless re-run shots of her bouncing on top of some bloke).
All in all, and summed up as one. don't bother, just don't.