The Run of Play is a blog about
the wonder and terror of soccer.
We left the window open during a match in October 2007 and a strange wind blew into the room.
Now we walk the forgotten byways of football with a lonely tread, searching for the beautiful, the bewildering, the haunting, and the absurd.
It’s like The Longest Yard of soccer movies meets the Cool Hand Luke of idiots. Why did no one tell me this was happening?
Here’s the plot summary from Wikipedia:
Dave, along with other members of the GSE, are arrested for participating in the fight at the end of the first film, and end up being sent to a tough prison. In prison, the GSE quickly discover the brutality of life on the inside, as they are constant targets of the superior numbered and better-financed Millwall crew. When the GSE’s supported team West Ham United F.C. undertake a match against the Millwall Bushwhackers‘ supported team, Millwall F.C., the stakes rise higher then ever before.
I know what you’re thinking: Millwall, better financed? But look, there are some things you just have to accept in the name of art. Would Violetta in La traviata really be able to sing at a high level for a solid half hour while on her death bed with tuberculosis? Possibly not—but you accept it. Would two rival gangs of soccer hooligans really all be sentenced to the same prison and left unsupervised together for long stretches of time until one day the warden was forced to release one group of them and decided to settle the whole thing by making them play a do-or-die soccer match in the prison yard? Again, I’m not sure. But I can’t imagine how the filmmakers could have told this story if they were limited by an excessive respect for “reality” or “the intelligence of their audience.” I mean, based on the clues in the trailer, this prison is situated simultaneously in the Arizona desert and Wapping. Sometimes you just have to let your imagination soar.
Anyway, apparently this was released straight to video late last month. Has anyone seen it? The writer of the first film has publicly disowned it. But what does Elijah Wood think?
by Brian Phillips · April 16, 2009