Mean Machine

Mean Machine

Barry Skolnick (2001)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Vinnie Jones doesn't stray too far from home for his first leading role, working with several of Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock company including Snatch producer Matthew Vaughn and an ex-footballer-turned-jailbird role. But what this remake of Robert Aldrich's 1974 movie The Mean Machine - remember, ex-football pro Burt Reynolds trained his fellow convicts to take on the guards - really misses is the creativity and vitality of Ritchie himself, since it's first-time director Barry Skolnick who's in charge here. That said, if you can overlook the rather thin characters and simplistic plot, the film's final third - an ill-tempered soccer match between warders and inmates - is very well filmed and highly entertaining. Jones isn't bad in a made-to-measure role, though the movie's best moments involve Jason Statham's maverick keeper and Jason Flemyng's unconventional commentator. Definitely one for the boys.


A disgraced soccer star jailed for assaulting two policemen is persuaded by the prison authorities to form a football team of inmates to take on the guards. Unfortunately, whipping his fellow prisoners into shape proves a tricky proposition. Comedy drama, starring Vinnie Jones, Jason Statham, David Hemmings and Jason Flemyng.

Cast & Crew

Danny Meehan Vinnie Jones
Governor David Hemmings
Monk Jason Statham
Bob Likely Jason Flemyng
Doc David Kelly
Massive Vas Blackwood
Billy the Limpet Danny Dyer
Trojan Robbie Gee
Burton Ralph Brown
Tracey Sally Phillips
Director Barry Skolnick
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Contains violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 26 Dec 2001
Comedy Drama