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Green Street 2

Remember the first Green Street film? No, ok, here's a refresher. Elijah Wood, an American in England, learns all about the football hooligan world, gets dragged into it and has a jolly good time punching a few people. Before his mate dies.

And here, in Green Street 2, is where we pick up. Elijah has popped off back to the States and all the mates he made while he was over here have been banged up for the fight that saw the ringleader of the gang beaten to death at the end of the last film.

The plot follow three of the Green Street Gang as they try to adapt to prison life. But unfortunately this is something we've seen before and Vinny Jones did it much better (which is saying something).

Prison and football seem to go together, even if you do spend most of the film wondering how a 6'6'' Millwall thug isn't beating the living hell out of a tough, but tiny, Hammer; and there's no shortage of violence.

The storyline is pretty implausible, and throwing in a few dodgy coppers doesn't help. The finale, a football match to decide the freedom of one of the gangs, is ridiculous and it doesn't help that the acting is as wooden as the posts.

You do sympathise with the three protagonists, but then you remember that they get their kicks from beating people up, so actually there's very little to make you care about what happens to them. Unlike the first film.

All in all, Elijah did well to keep his nose out of this one and, on this evidence, it's pretty doubtful that we'll ever see a Green Street 3.


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