Green Street

  • 18
  • Lexi Alexander (2004)
  • US / UK
  • 104 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Elijah Wood wears his worried face throughout the feature debut of writer/director Lexi Alexander and with good reason. He plays an American journalism student who moves to London after being kicked out of Harvard, only to become a paid-up member of West Ham football hooligans, the Green Street Elite. The film does not focus so much on the fruits of violence but more on the fun and companionship. The worst acts, however, are left to the gangs - known as "firms" - who batter each other for territory and reputation. Wanting to be like Alan Clarke's The Firm but not quite managing it, Green Street's low production values and simplistic (not to say nonsensical) plot do it no favours at all. It relies on hackneyed camerawork, unsubtle use of music and predictable character turns to move the flimsy story along. While Wood has a part to get his teeth into, other actors are not as well served, most notably Claire Forlani who does her best in a thankless role as the dutiful mother/daughter/sister. Violence may make people band together as brothers, but it can certainly be portrayed to more powerful effect than here.

Plot Summary

Crime drama starring Elijah Wood. After being expelled from Harvard, American student Matt Buckner moves to London where he finds himself fascinated by the violent antics of a gang of football hooligans, but his involvement sparks increasing rivalry with another soccer tribe.

Cast and crew

Cast

Matt Buckner
Elijah Wood
Pete Dunham
Charlie Hunnam
Shannon Dunham
Claire Forlani
Steve Dunham
Marc Warren (1)
Bovver
Leo Gregory
Carl Buckner
Henry Goodman
Tommy Hatcher
Geoff Bell
Swill
Rafe Spall
Ike
Kieran Bew
Dave
Ross McCall

Crew

Director
Lexi Alexander

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
UIP
Guidance: 
May be edited for language, violence and drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 9 Sep 2005
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama