6.5 out of 10
Release Date: 10th August 2012 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Paul Tanter: (No Easy Days (TV) / He Who Dares 2 / Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3 / Shame The Devil / He Who Dares / Hooligan Wars / Essex Boys Retribution / White Collar Hooligan 2 / Fall of the Essex Boys /Jack Falls)
Cast: Nick Nevern, Simon Phillips, Peter Barrett, Rita Ramnani, Roland Manookian, Rebecca Ferdinando with Ricci Harnett and Billy Murray
Writer: Raheel Riaz & Paul Tanter
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One thing can be said for Chata Pictures / Press On Features (GBH, The Fall Of The Essex Boys, The Jack Trilogy & The Last Seven) is that the more films they make the better they get. Its probably obvious that the more films they get bankrolled the more finance they get and the better talent they attract. Well the first point may well be correct but bafflingly the actors remain the same. I’m also happy to report that they are improving with practice as well.
Ignoring the fact that the title itself is a blatant cash in on the popularity of Rise Of The Footsoldier this is their best film yet. And it’s their best film by a country mile. This feature shares the same director as the DOA third installment of the Jack Trilogy – Jack Falls and a few of the same actors. The gulf in quality is massive, having watched them in close succession. A lot of this film’s success is down to a winning leading man (Nick Nevern – OUTPOST 2), a likeable narration and a convincing script. Read the Jack Falls review for how sh*t it is.
Our hero leads a simple existence as an unemployed football hooligan. Unable to find a job, a chance meeting with an old mate (Simon Phillips – AIRBORNE) at a ruck gets him a job as a driver for a gang of credit card fraudsters. Moving up the ranks swiftly, he find himself getting in too deep. With the police breathing down his neck to turn grass plus ever dangerous and competitive rival firms encroaching on his life, he begins to look for a way out. Will he escape with his life?
Rise Of and Fall Of a White Collar Hooligan moves along at a fair clip and it shines a spotlight on an area of organised crime seldom looked at in cinema. So it’s not just another tired tale of drug dealing. Nick Nevern‘s portrayal is realistic and immersive. His predicament and growing fear all too understandable as people around him begin to slip, get killed or reveal themselves to be something else altogether. Billy Murray (THE BILL) plays close to type as his fifth Mr Big in a row but at least he’s good at it. Simon Phillips who was the titular tit of the said Jack Trilogy is so much better than usual here. After this, Airborne and Strippers Vs. Werewolves he’s proving himself to be a talent to watch in Independent British cinema. Just please no more Jack films.
If you’re not tired of UK gangster movies yet, this is a solid one. Nice performances and a good script set this ahead of anything else these guys have done so far. It’s a shame the title is targeted at fans of a certain type of movie, the DVD even has sticker on highlighting the presence of Ricci Harnett (28 DAYS LATER), who was the leading man, Carlton Leech in The Rise Of The Footsoldier. The backers needed the confidence to let this one stand on its own two feet. It’s well shot and scored too. Not as original as it could have been but you can’t have steak every night, sometimes fish & chips are just what you need. There’s already a sequel to this being filmed. Here’s hoping it sees a return of Roland Manookian (PIGGY) as a very very nasty rival criminal. He steals the show.
6.5 out of 10 – Solid, dependable, above average UK crime fare. Ignore the ‘cash-in’ title. Stupid accountants trying to run a film company. A great lead performance from lug with a heart Nick Nevern. Probably a talent to keep an eye on. Nick Nevern and Simon Phillips next team up in the latter’s directorial debut, GBH.
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT PERSON IN BEFORE?
- Nick Nevern: Sexy Bizness, Manor Hunt Ball, Spring, Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, The Hooligan Factory, Hooligan Wars, Vendetta, White Collar Hooligan 2, Fall of the Essex Boys, GBH, The Sweeney Movie, Victim, Outpost 2, 7Lives, Strippers Vs. Werewolves, Terry
- Simon Phillips: The Last Scout, No Easy Days (TV), He Who Dares 2, Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3, Shame The Devil, Dangerous Mind of a Hooligan, He Who Dares, Essex Boys Retribution, White Collar Hooligan 2, Fall of The Essex Boys, UFO (2013), Strippers Vs. Werewolves, Airborne, The Reverend (2012), Offender, Bonded By Blood, Ghosted, How to Stop Being a Loser, Kill Keith, Jack Falls, The Last Seven, Jack Said, Just For The Record, Jack Says, Risen, Stagger, Cut
- Peter Barrett: The Northern Paradigm, Devil’s Tower, Shame The Devil, The Hooligan Factory, Essex Boys Retribution, White Collar Hooligan 2, Fall of the Essex Boys, UFO (2013), GBH, Airborne (2012), Ghosted, Jack Falls
- Rita Ramnani: A Dark Reflection, The Last Scout, Abducted, He Who Dares, White Collar Hooligan 2, Strippers Vs. Werewolves, Airborne (2012), Jack Falls, The Last Seven, How To Stop Being a Loser, Umbrage- The First Vampire, Stagger, Jack Said, Jack Says,
- Roland Manookian: Gunned Down, No Reason, GBH, Piggy, Dead Cert, Rise Of The Footsoldier, Rock-n-Rolla, Grow Your Own, The Business, The Football Factory, Goodbye Charlie Bright
- Rebecca Ferdinando: Art Ache, The Last Scout, Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3, He Who Dares, Get Lucky, Outside Bet
- Ricci Harnett: Rise of the Footsoldier 2, Top Dog, Vendetta, Ill Manors, Psychosis, Turnout, Rise Of The Footsoldier, Joy Division, 28 Days Later
- Billy Murray: The Rapture (2015), We Still Steal The Old Way, What’s The Score?, The Disappearance of Lenka Wood, Essex Boys Retribution, One In The Chamber, Airborne (2012), Strippers Vs. Werewolves, Stalker (2011), Doghouse, Rise Of The Footsoldier, Rollin’ With The Nines, Dead Cert, Hell To Pay, Essex Boys, Eastenders (TV), The Bill (TV), McVicar