Mean Machine
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Certificate: 15 | Released: 2001 | Duration: 1 hr 35 mins | Director: Barry Skolnick | Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment | Genres: Comedy - Action/Adventure

In this remake of THE LONGEST YARD, Robert Aldrich's 1974 Burt Reynolds prison tale concerning inmates who organize themselves into a football team and compete against the guards, British director Barry Skolnick pulls together a ruthlessly funny cast and changes the resident sport to soccer. The leader of the prisoners, played by Vinnie Jones (LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS), is a former soccer star who is asked by the warden to coach a team of prison guards. Instead, he offers to put together a team of inmates, who ... (Full plot summary below)

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In this remake of THE LONGEST YARD, Robert Aldrich's 1974 Burt Reynolds prison tale concerning inmates who organize themselves into a football team and compete against the guards, British director Barry Skolnick pulls together a ruthlessly funny cast and changes the resident sport to soccer. The leader of the prisoners, played by Vinnie Jones (LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS), is a former soccer star who is asked by the warden to coach a team of prison guards. Instead, he offers to put together a team of inmates, who will be able to scrimmage with the guards' team.

Ex professional footballer, Danny Mehan, lands in prison on an assault charge and discovers that he is banged up with a few inmates who haven't forgiven him for fixing a game... Can he manage to throw a team together in order to get him on side with the guards and also save his neck with his fellow prisoners?...

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Philadelphia Inquirer - 8.8/10 by Steven Rea A likably energetic star vehicle for English sports god Vinnie Jones.
Chicago Reader - 7.0/10 by Lisa Alspector Mildly exciting sports-in-prison movie.
Salon.com - 7.0/10 by Andrew O'Hehir I'm not sure Mean Machine is any worse than "The Longest Yard," but it lacks the nihilistic '70s background that lent the latter's combination of humor and brutality an air of (arguably bogus) social commentary.
Chicago Tribune - 6.3/10 by Robert K. Elder Sports movies are never easy to pull off, but Skolnick does a fine job of balancing the drama with the on-field action.
Chicago Sun-Times - 7.5/10 by Roger Ebert Guy Ritchie, who started out as such an innovator in "Lock, Stock, etc.," seems to have headed directly for reliable generic conventions as a producer. But they are reliable, and have become conventions for a reason: They work. Mean Machine is what it is, and very nicely, too.
Los Angeles Times - 7.0/10 by Kevin Thomas Mean Machine may not have the resonance to linger in the memory affectionately as "The Longest Yard" does, but it plays well, with a fast pace and plenty of punch.

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