Green Street 3: Never Back Down (UK - BD RB)
Marcus gets techincal with the Hooligans or is that SUPER Hooligans?
Green Street 3 is the third feature in the growing franchise that focuses on the violent world of British football hooliganism. 14 years after turning his back on the Green Street Elite and getting into mixed martial arts, Danny Harvey (Scott Adkins)'s world is shattered when his younger brother Joey (Billy Cook) is killed in what seems to be a pre-planned fight. With no leads to go on, and determined to seek justice, Danny is forced to re-enter the world of organised football hooliganism in order to find out the identity of his brother's killer and mete out revenge in the only way he knows how.
This creamy unnatural looking presentation hides the small budget of the film but the style takes away from the realism a little. It’s not so much in the exterior scenes, they manage to generate some real world looking London streets from time to time but make no mistake the use of strong coloured lighting (of the orange and teal kind) mixed with the creamy softness looks that many low budget modern movies opt for lately make for a rather grubby looking image, despite the sharp detail and mostly solid edges.
The image looks good enough really but it suffers from muted or closer to blue blacks and a lack of depth at times. Everyone’s skin tone is the same purplish pink, no matter their skin colour and everyone's house is lit with the same orange low lighting from mostly unknown sources. This creates a dark image but a warm one and everyone looks bronzed and healthy because of it.
Daylight scenes come off the best here with a crisp and detailed appearance for the most part. Stubble, clothing, skin textures and pretty much everything else looks to take the most use of the HD home. Natural daylight comes off well and takes the image somewhere a little more realistic but generally this is a creamy stylised unrealistic looking movie that’s pretty to look at even if it Hollywood-a-fies the gritty British Hooligan culture.
As with most modern movies the dialogue here is perfectly fine with crisp, clean sounding dialogue coming out of the football hooligans ever eloquent mouths. The ‘C’ word has never lived in rear speakers quite as much as it does here and in the loud and roudy fights between football fans the multiple drops of “F this/you” and “You F-ing C” spill out amongst the weighty thumps and primal manly roars.
The opposite side of this with the football fans celebrating (before fighting again) brings layers of cheers and uses the surrounds to fill everything out with a nice bit of echo. There’s not a great deal going on beyond the noises the characters make but there’s the odd bit of score (including a cheesy 80s inspired montage or two) and music to make this all a bit more exciting and melodramatic.
The only extra is the Behind the Scenes Featurette (12:22 HD) which starts with the term “Super Hooligan” because our lead Hooligan has mad fighting skills. It’s basically a brief EPK covering the basic plot.
Green Street 3 is intentionally more of Hollywood martial arts movie (with a rough edge) than a gritty British drama. Montages, mixed martial arts and training is featured and the usual hooligan elements are squeezed in around it all. The acting is pretty bad, the drama fairly melodramatic and the visuals are all a bit ‘meh’ but the blokes fighting blokes in increasingly growing numbers set up is accounted for so fans might get a kick/punch/headbutt out of this one more than casual passers by. The disc looks great technically but the visual style is a little dull. The audio is solid but not all that exciting and the extras are thin. This one might be worth a rental as opposed to a blind buy but those who like the idea of martial arts coming with F-Bombs and football chants might be more inclined to take the chance.
Review by Marcus Doidge
Suitable only for persons of 18 years and over
Release Date: 21st October 2013
Disc Type: Blu-ray Disc
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 English
Subtitles: English HoH
Extras: Behind the Scenes
Easter Egg: No
Director: James Nunn
Cast: Scott Adkins, Kacey Barnfield, Mark Wingett, Joey Ansah, Ryan Oliva
Genre: Drama and Sport
Length: 93 minutes
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