Rise Of The Footsoldier
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RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER charts the rapid rise of Carlton Leach from feared football hooligan to him becoming a member of one of the countrys most notorious crime syndicates. Following his life over the course of three decades the film follows Leachs career from soccer thug through a stint as a doorman and his involvement in the early rave scene right through to his nadir as an integral part of a gang that ruled London and Essex during the late 80s and early 90s and would culminate in the infamous shotgun deaths of three of the firms members in Rettendon.
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"Rise of the Footsoldier" is the story of former football thug turned Essex gangster Carlton Leach and it's about as graphic and brutal as you'd expect. Ricci Hartnett stars as Leach, who rose from the ranks of West Ham's feared ICF Firm to become one of the most notorious members of the Essex underworld of the late '80s and early '90s.
Director Julien Gibley has ensured that all the staples of the genre are here and he certainly doesn't shy away from the reality of the life Leach and his friends lives; there's more drugs, violence and 'industrial' language than you probably expect. However you get the feeling that Gibley isn't simply out to 'glamourise' the lifestyle - if anything it should put any aspiring gangsters off. Hartnett carries off Leach well and manages to span the years as we follow him from over a twenty or so year period.
However the latter half of the film deals with the infamous murder of three of Leach's associates in Rettendon in 1995 and, while it's an interesting subject, Gibley perhaps allows it to shift the focus from Leach - the film is meant to be about him after all - to the three men who were killed. Mind you Craig Fairbrass's turn as one of the ill-fated trio is about as unsettling a performance as you'll see this year.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 114 minutes
Production Year: 2007
Main Language: English
Certificate: 18 Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18, by placing an order for this product you are declaring that you are 18 years or over.
Director Name: Julian Gilbey
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Release Date: 10-03-2008