5.5. out of 10
Release Date: 20th May 2013 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Paul Tanter (The Disappearance of Lenka Wood / He Who Dares 2 / Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3 / Shame The Devil / The Hooligan Wars / He Who Dares / Essex Boys Retribution / Fall of the Essex Boys / Rise of the White Collar Hooligan / Jack Falls)
Cast: Nick Nevern, Simon Phillips, Rita Ramnani, Peter Barrett, Tom Benedict Knight, Tony Denham, Neil Large, Ewan Ross, Pablo Olewski and Vas Blackwood
Writer: Paul Tanter
Trailer: WHITE COLLAR HOOLIGAN 2
With more twists than a constipated snake and an expressive need for a viewer with the capacity to suspend colossal amounts of disbelief. These demands still don’t hamper the amount of enjoyment to be had in this caper of a sequel to last year’s (2012) Rise Of The White Collar Hooligan. Opening up the scale of the original dramatically to take in trips to the Costa Del Sol in Spain and New York, the story first takes time to re-establish the main characters, Mike Jacobs (NICK NEVERN – TURNOUT) and Katie (RITA RAMNANI – THE LAST SEVEN), who are still in the witness protection scheme after the events at the end of the first film. They get recognised by the criminal element at a football game in Spain and Katie is held ransom whilst Mike has four days to repay all the money he and the missing Eddie (SIMON PHILLIPS – CUT) stole. Failure to pay will get her blasted. Then we have a globe trotting, double crossing, (at times) inappropriately funny caper that is a lot of fun but doesn’t stand up to scrutiny on reflection. Oh yeah, and it’s still not all that concerned with either football or hooliganism. But who cares?
White Collar Hooligan 2 is still a welcome sequel though because it taps back into the effortless vibe of the first film. Where Paul Tanter and his crew floundered in the recent Fall Of The Essex Boys was with a bunch of stiff and uneven performances. With this film there is an easy going approach to the material and an above average script to power this sequel and concerns that the good work in number one went unfounded. I can’t give a reason for the difference in quality between the WCH films and the other Chata / Press On films being that they share a lot of the same personnel. Nick Nevern and Simon Phillips return to their best characters and the roles fit them well. The small dips into ‘buddy’ comedy are a bit forced at times, but there are still some sharp lines in there. The supporting cast are lively and well cast too. Tony Denham (VENDETTA) puts some shade to his henchman and his partner in crime Neil Large (ILL MANORS) could be a character actor of the future. He’s been better elsewhere but he’s still an interesting actor. The amazingly stiff Ewan Ross from Fall Of The Essex Boys fares way better in a smaller but similar role here, so maybe it was just the material in the afore mentioned that pole-axed him, so I take back my comments about planks and empty bottles of urine for now. The always reliable Vas Blackwood (CREEP) enjoys an extended cameo as a safe cracker simply known as ‘The Pro’ too.
The plot zig-zags around and seems to be proceeding randomly with one intent to entertain and to bamboozle (that’s two!). Logic and reality has been abandoned in this sequel, so that’s why it doesn’t quite hit the heights of part one. But it does retain the great cast, a thoughtful script (to begin with) and a breakneck plot. The ending is great too. I loved the way that the narration and the visual couldn’t disagree more. Believe me, it’s a very strong and mischievous ending. If there is a part three you can count me in, but the writers need to remember that the characters are the strongest element and to keep on taking time to build them convincingly, and to forget about trying to up the ante with dopey ‘out-of-this-world’ plot twists.
5.5 out of 10 – An enjoyable but exceedingly stoopid sequel with a mad plot. It retains just about all of the positive aspects from the first film, so fans shouldn’t be at all disappointed. Check in your capacity for disbelief at the door though. It has more stamina than the last three Die Hard movies, without the stunts or SFX. Just don’t expect a film about football hooligans. This has nothing to do with either.
Now read Matt Usher aka Joe Pesci II’s hilarious and sometime cruel (only if you’re name’s Nick Nevern, Paul Tanter, Simon Phillips or Tom Benedict Chimp) review BELOW…
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Nick Nevern: Sexy Bizness, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, The Hooligan Factory, Hooligan Wars, Vendetta, Fall of The Essex Boys, GBH, Outpost 2, The Rise Of a White Collar Hooligan, Victim, The Sweeney Movie, 7Lives, Strippers Vs. Werewolves, Turnout, Terry
- Simon Phillips: Dystopia (TV), No Easy Days (TV), The Disappearance of Lenka Wood, The Last Scout, He Who Dares 2, Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3, Shame The Devil, The Hooligan Wars, Dangerous Mind of a Hooligan, He Who Dares, Essex Boys Retribution, Fall of the Essex Boys, UFO (2013), The Rise and Fall Of a White Collar Hooligan, Strippers Vs. Werewolves, Airborne, The Reverend (2012), Ghosted, How to Stop Being a Loser, Kill Keith, Jack Says, Jack Said, Jack Falls, The Last Seven, Just For The Record, Stagger, Risen, Cut
- Rita Ramnani: The Last Scout, A Dark Reflection, Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3, Dangerous Mind of a Hooligan, Abducted, He Who Dares, Strippers Vs. Werewolves, Airborne (2012), Rise and Fall Of a White Collar Hooligan, Jack Falls, Jack Said, Jack Says, How To Stop Being a Loser, The Last Seven, Just For The Record, Stagger, Umbrage- The First Vampire
- Peter Barrett: Devil’s Tower, Shame The Devil, The Hooligan Factory, Essex Boys Retribution, Fall of The Essex Boys, UFO (2013), GBH, The Rise and Fall Of a White Collar Hooligan , Airborne (2012), Ghosted, Jack Falls
- Tom Benedict Knight: Underbelly, The Last Scout, He Who Dares 2, He Who Dares
- Tony Denham: Gunned Down, The Guvnors, We Still Kill The Old Way, The Hooligan Factory, Essex Boys Retribution, Vendetta, Fall Of The Essex Boys, St. George’s Day, Turnout, The Shouting Men, Revolver, The Football Factory
- Neil Large: The Hooligan Factory, Abducted, Ill Manors, Turnout
- Ewan Ross: He Who Dares, Fall Of The Essex Boys, Unarmed and Dangerous
- Pablo Olewski: Deranged
- Vas Blackwood: We Still Steal The Old Way, The Guvnors, Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3, Essex Boys Retribution, It’s a Lot, Offender, Mercenaries, Creep, Rollin With The Nines, Mean Machine, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Lenny Henry Show (TV)