ID2: Shadwell Army

ID2: Shadwell Army

Joel Novoa (2016)

91min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Less a sequel to Phil Davis's ID (1995) than a variation on its theme, Joel Novoa's second feature sees Muslim copper Mo (Simon Rivers) going under cover to infiltrate the hooligan firm following Shadwell Town during their first season in Europe. However, Mo quickly discovers that its ringleader (Linus Roache) is a Special Branch agent monitoring an English Defence League bigwig (Neil Pearson) who is plotting to prevent a mosque from being built alongside the run-down East London stadium. Screenwriter Vincent O'Connell touches on issues like inner-city deprivation, institutionalised racism, ethnic integration and the foreign ownership of football clubs. But this always cleaves closer to BritCrime than social realism and contains its quota of stereotypes, clichés and contrivances. Nevertheless, the sense of place is well established, while gritty performances by Roache and Pearson are ably complemented by Christine Tremarco and Perry Fenwick, as a neglected wife and a cop-turned-comedian. Rivers is a weak(ish) link, however, as his embittered outsider is too thinly sketched to convey the necessary socio-cultural conflict.

Summary

A police officer goes undercover as a football hooligan to bring far-right extremists to justice. Sequel to the 1995 crime thriller, starring Simon Rivers, Linus Roache, Paul Popplewell and Andy Rush.

Cast & Crew

Mo Simon Rivers
Dave Neil Pearson
Danny Boy Paul Popplewell
George Benjamin Harris
Vinnie Linus Roache
Nick Andy Rush
Alison Christine Tremarco
Gumbo Lee Ross
Eddie Perry Fenwick
Trevor Clymer Richard Graham (2)
Director Joel Novoa
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourReleased on: 12 Aug 2016
Drama