It's Slap Shot meets Fight Club. Seriously, it's easily as bloody as Fight Club, only The Goon has more swearing. Much of that comes from Jay Baruchel, who gives the most annoying performance of his career. Thankfully, he mostly disappears after the first twenty minutes. Seann William Scott is lovably good as the title enforcer, and Liev Schreiber is suitably menacing as his rival bad boy. The movie is made up mostly of hockey games and fights, each one bloodier (and toothier) than the last. The hockey itself is badly portrayed; every goal seems to be the result of a breakaway. And the fights are all longer and more brutal than 99% of the fights I've seen. Plus, the whole movie has that cheapo Canadian feel that gets a bit distracting at times. In the end, it's enjoyable enough due to its endearing star, mostly snappy dialog, and a few genuinely tense scenes. Not perfect, but I'll take it.
|7/10||newscott13@ - 400 reviews|
10.3.2012 - age: 36-49
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