Green Street Hooligans (WB, 2005) D: Lexi Alexander, w/ Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam. Rating: NNN; DVD package: NN
The ethereal fragility that made Elijah Wood effective as both saintly Frodo Baggins and crazed cannibal kung-fu child killer Kevin in Sin City works just as well here to make him an ideal soccer hooligan.
Wood plays Matt Buckner, a nice middle-class boy. Framed on a dope charge and booted out of Harvard, he goes to visit his sister in England and falls in with her brother-in-law (Charlie Hunnam delivering excellent English aggression), who heads the titular gang. Before long, Matt is smashing heads with the best of them.
The six-minute making-of doc is more an explaining-of that plays like a commercial. There’s a bit of information in it, but given that its subject is a closed world, a look at how the filmmakers managed their research would have been welcome.
EXTRAS Making-of doc. Widescreen. English, French, Spanish subtitles.