A football star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards.A football star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards.A football star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards.
Brilliant final third, and a good Jones, despite the flaws this is an above-average sports/prison drama
If sometimes just lacking the creativity and vitality of the 1974 film, this is an above average sports/prison drama. There are some flaws though, one or two of the characters are thinly sketched, the plot is a touch simplistic and the first half hour just lacked the energy of the latter half of the film. That said, this is well worth watching. The whole film is excellently filmed and directed, and the soccer scenes are very well done. The final third is absolutely riveting, and really makes you want to see what the outcome is at the end. The music score is fine, and the performances are very good. Vinnie Jones is convincing in his first leading role, and David Kelly is stellar as the benevolent Doc. The best pieces of casting are (despite the accent) Jason Statham as maverick keeper and Jason Flemying's rather unconventional commentator. In conclusion, this is a good film. 7/10 Bethany Cox
- Jan 26, 2010
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