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MEAN MACHINE

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Mean Machine

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
99 minutes
Limited Release Date:
02/22/02
performer:
Vinnie Jones, Jason Statham, Vas Blackwood, Danny Dyer, Jason Flemyng, David Hemmings
director:
Barry Skolnick
distributor:
Paramount Pictures
author:
Charlie Fletcher
genre:
Sports

We gave it a C-

This British remake of the 1974 Burt Reynolds prison-football rouser The Longest Yard is suffused with the British cult of soccer as the ultimate in raw gladiatorial clash. After too many Full Montys, though, the whole notion of a bunch of ragged, loudmouthed ruffians who put aside their differences to accomplish a goal has come to look like a coy ritual of emasculation. Vinnie Jones, in the Reynolds role, has a thuggish command — he’s like Clive Owen reborn as a meanly desiccated hulk.

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