6 out of 10
Release Date: 30th May 2016 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Nicholas Winter (Undercover Hooligan)
Cast: Kris Johnson, Gary Finian, Kerri Dwyer, James Groom, Lee Hatch, Jo Dyson with Jason Wing and Douglas Fielding
Writer: Terry Lee Coker
Trailer: HOOLIGAN LEGACY
Surprisingly competent for a movie with the word Hooligan in the title, we could have a winner for best one yet. Whilst some of the later plot developments cross the line into video nasty, Hooligan Legacy has much to commend. First the firm has been put together with some care, concerns people who enjoy football and a good scrap with rival team supporters, and nice acting from a largely unknown cast. The plot is basic but well-thought out, and at this end of the independent filmmaking it’s nothing short of a miracle to find one as good as this. Even more so considering it was written by the same guy who made the mind-bogglingly bad Essex Vendetta – Terry Lee Coker.
The plot revolves around a heist of a football stadium late at night led by Jimmy (KRIS JOHNSON – ESSEX VENDETTA), only rival thug from a different firm, Ronnie (GARY FINIAN) muscles in. He’s a bit of a psycho, so after the job is finished almost without a hitch, he ends up in prison for the theft. Who grassed him up. 10 years later he’s out and he wants revenge.
So it’s a game of cat and mouse that runs to schedule but is fairly compelling and wathcable as we see our good guy turning into a bad guy once more to tackle an even larer evil. And boy does this turn out badly because this crosses a few lines that are usually ignored in similar ‘cookie-cutter’ revenge thrillers. The last shot is very good too, and leave an impression.
Whilst Hooligan Legacy is no award winner, at last we have a decent and ambitious crime thriller from a director and writer team who are willing to at least make an effort to serve up a solid piece of low-budget thriller despite obvious limitation. Also lead Kris Johnson may be one to watch!
6 out of 10 – Solid thriller. Predictable plot but it ventures to some unexpected places. Nice acting and worth a look if you like Brit crime epics made on a shoestring.
Another review by Matt Usher below
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Kris Johnson: Undercover Hooligan, Essex Vendetta, Who Needs Enemies?
- Terri Dwyer: Hollyoaks (TV)
- Jo Dyson: Community
- Jason Wing: The Antwerp Dolls
- Douglas Fielding: Eastenders (TV), Z Cars (TV)