Went to see this movie last night. I kept telling my girlfriend how they ripped out the British movie "Mean Machine" and 'Americanised' it. I came to do a blog about how Americans take british movies, and remake them.
After a little research, I've realised how wrong I was.
Mean Machine (2001) was actually based on an American movie called.......The Longest Yard (1974)
staring Burt Reynolds. The movie won a Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical and was received two Oscar nominations. The 2005 remake stared Adam Sandler, and Burt Reynolds also played a role as a coach.
Unlike it's 1974 counterpart, I don't see this movie winning amy awards. It's very ordinary, a bit funny in places, but not a super movie.
So what's it about?
Paul "Wrecking" Crewe was a revered football superstar back in his day, but that time has since faded. But when a messy drunk driving incident lands him in jail, Paul finds he was specifically requested by Warden Hazen (James Cromwell), a duplicitous prison official well aware of Paul's athletic skills. Paul has been assigned the task of assembling a team of convicts, to square off in a big football game against the sadistic guards. With the help of fellow convict Caretaker(Chris Rock), and an old legend named Nate Scarborough(Burt Reynolds) to coach, Crewe is ready for what promises to be a very interesting game. It's only the warden and the guards who have no idea who or what they're up against, with Paul the driving force behind the new team.
The movie also stars Nelly, the rap star..
Anyway, I've got a new game (incredible hulk) to play, and a leaking roof to contend with.......see you all later.