The Rise & Fall of a White Collar Hooligan (2012)

rise and fall of a white collar hooliganThe Rise & Fall of a White Collar Hooligan (2012)

Directed by: Paul Tanter

Starring: Nick Nevern, Simon Phillips, Rita Ramnani

two-stars

There are pretty much two types of crime movies: those where the criminals are awesome and crime is awesome and the conflict comes from those ding-dang cops always trying to get in the way of an awesome time. OR there’s the ones where an unsuspecting dope gets roped into crime and it ruins his life. This is one of the latter, but it manages to not seem as preachy as that type of movie tends to get.

A soccer fanatic gets sucked into the world of crime because he can’t get an honest job anywhere. An old friend of his hooks him up with a ring of people who clone bank cards and he makes a ton of money… until he gets arrested. After six months in prison, he’s released and gains the trust of the leader of the Crime Gang. Things get more and more dangerous, and he has to decide whether to go to the cops for protection or try to take care of things himself or just be a cool criminal man who shoots stuff like people.

This movie succeeds as an interesting crime drama because it’s completely character-driven and pretty much exclusively focuses on the main character. It’s almost an older style of filmmaking, feeling much more like a similar film from the 70’s in that respect. It’s not a great movie or anything, but it’s better than the majority of the genre, and that’s worth something.

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