MEAN MA­CHINE (2001) ONE, 8.30PM, M, DRAMA

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

On the back of Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smok­ing Bar­rels, for­mer English football thug Vin­nie Jones carved him­self out a new ca­reer by bring­ing his hard-man per­sona to the big screen. Mean Ma­chine marks Jones’s rise to lead­ing-man sta­tus in this Bri­tish re­make of clas­sic Amer­i­can prison film The Long­est Yard. He’s Danny Mee­han, a dis­graced for­mer Eng­land soc­cer player who is sent down for a three-year stretch when a drink-driv­ing in­ci­dent ends with po­lice as­sault. Once be­hind bars, the prison gover­nor co­erces Danny to take part in a game be­tween the guards and the in­mates. En­ter­tain­ing, tonguein-cheek ca­per aided by Jones’s un­doubted charisma. ★★★

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