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Green Street

Green Street

Lexi Alexander (2004)

104min
18 Certificate
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Our Score
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.

Summary

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Cast & Crew

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
Director Lexi Alexander
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Other Information

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

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