The Firm


Director: Nick Love
Writers: Nick Love
Producers: Allan Niblo
Starring: Calum McNab/Paul Anderson/Daniel Mays/Camille Coduri
Year: 2009
Country: UK
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 90 minutes

Set in the 1980s, Dom is a teenager who finds himself drawn into the charismatic world of football ‘casuals,influenced by the firm’s top boy, Bex. Accepted by the gang for his fast mouth and sense of humor, Dom soon becomes one the boys. But as Bex and his gang clash with rival firms across the country and the violence spirals out of control, Dom realizes he wants out – until he learns it’s not that easy to simply walk away.

You couldn’t hit water if you fell out of a boat”

I like nothing more than a fantastic British film whether it be a horror like the scary Creep or a coming-of-age drama such as the phenomenal This is England or football dramas like Football Factory or Green Street however this didn’t match any of them. The story was there but it wasn’t executed well and was rather slow. The acting was mediocre bordering on bad and the characters were one-dimensional and you hardly cared for them. The camerawork was beyond awful as it shook too much to try and get the realistic effect, especially on the fight scenes. The direction wasn’t very good and the script was average.

I watched this hoping, as the movie went on, that it would improve. However, my hopes were dashed as it simply got worse just like the acting and the characters. The biggest flaw for this movie was the timing, if it wasn’t too fast, it was too slow. The acting was very close to bad as they didn’t make me believe their characters and the characters were badly written. The only actors who I could say were better than the rest were Eddie Webber and Camille Coduri as Dom’s parents. The characters didn’t stand out (well, unless they wear a bright red tracksuit…) and they weren’t interesting enough, they were almost identical to each other personality-wise. Mainly, the movie was entirely predictable from the start, there was no twists and it didn’t interest you enough to make you think it was a great film. Through most of the movie, the scenes were too slow and everything was happening at a snail’s pace but the last ten minutes was way too fast, it just didn’t feel like it ended properly. There aren’t really many positive things I can say about this movie except for that the soundtrack was very good.

4/10 
Just a below average and forgettable movie, not in the same league (see what I did there…bad joke I’m sorry) as Football Factory (which was also directed by Nick Love) or Green Street.

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