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Goon: Last of the Enforcers

Cover Media logo Cover Media 14/09/2017 covermg.com

Six years after ice hockey player Doug 'The Thug' Glatt (Seann William Scott) impressed on the rink by knocking out his rival Ross 'The Boss' Rhea (Liev Schreiber) in the 2011 movie Goon, the hero sportsman is back in Goon: Last of the Enforcers and this time he's been made captain of his team the Halifax Highlanders.

On the team he faces stiff competition from bearded menace Anders Cain (Wyatt Russell), who's not only an up-and-coming player but the son of Highlanders owner Hyrum (Callum Keith Rennie).

After a loss in a brutal fight, Doug decides it's time for him to retire, a decision which comes at the perfect time as his wife Eva (Alison Pill) is pregnant with their first child.

And so Doug decides to pursue a more sedate career in insurance, as suggested by Eva, while the Highlanders tip Anders as their new captain.

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His teammates can't warm to their new leader though, who is soon suspended for his reckless behaviour and it isn't long before Doug finds himself returning to the stadium. Preparing for a return he surprisingly turning to his old nemesis Ross for help in training.

Proving his hockey skills once more he receives Eva's blessing to return as long as he doesn't fight, but finds success on the rink may harm his personal life.

Fans of the first Goon may enjoy this follow-up as it's also full of similar silliness and plenty of sports action. The original's mix of violence and comedy won viewers over to become a cult classic and this new offering definitely follows suit, with all the cast - including director Jay Baruchel who also plays Doug's sidekick Pat - continuing to entertain as best as they can.

But a lot of the jokes fall as flat on their faces like the ice hockey players, and even a running time of around 100 minutes seems too long. Repetitive scenes mean the movie gets a bit samey and it's hard to define a beginning, middle and end to the plot.

The Goon franchise isn't for the faint hearted either, as lingering shots of bloodshed and injuries are enough to make more sensitive audience members cover their eyes and wince.

The movie tries desperately to deliver a sense of nostalgia and add an attempted emotional heart to the story, however, it just isn't enough to keep watchers engaged and interested.

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