Rise of the Footsoldier
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Julian Gilbey's fact-based crime saga Rise of the Footsoldier traces one man's meteoric ascension from a lucrative soccer career, through the ranks of organized crime, to the status of Britain's most omnipotent drug lord. The tale begins in the 1970s, when hooligan Carlton Leach (Ricci Harnett) finds himself implicated in a series of violent skirmishes on the soccer fields of England. Prompted to leave this activity and enter another trade, Leach self-incorporates as a company called ICF - a front for the young entrepreneur's drug-dealing activities. Soon, Carlton's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14%

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"The direction smacks of sadism, especially the obvious glee Gilbey gets from filming violent scenes in close-up and, in the case of the bloody shotgun-to-the-face denouement, in triplicate."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Footsoldier doesn't so much pack a punch as leave you feeling violated and more importantly, robs you of two hours of your life you won't get back."
‑ Catherine Chambers, BBC.com
"A peculiar but decidedly ordinary addition to the British thug genre."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Ugly."
‑ Leigh Singer, Film4
"The filmmakers' wide-eyed attempt to turn Leach into a living legend will probably rattle Daily Mail readers' cages; everyone else may find its stonking hard-on for real-life hard men slightly ludicrous."
‑ Jamie Russell, Total Film
"Fans of British geezer films would be better off checking out I.D. - this is best enjoyed after a night at the pub on DVD."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Gore-flecked rucks and bruising rumbles are the order of the day in this unflinching portrait of a demi-monde your really rather wish would stay that way."
‑ Tim Evans, One People's Project
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