By Owen Gleiberman
Updated March 17, 2020 at 03:05 AM EDT

Mean Machine

C-
type
  • Movie
genre

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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Mean Machine

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 99 minutes
director
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