Movie Review - Goon: Last of the Enforcers
Seann William Scott (American Pie and The Dukes of Hazzard) reprises his lead role of Doug Glatt, a guy who's a bit of an idiot. He's self-proclaimed as stupid. He's mainly simple-minded with no intellectual ambition. He's very sweet and has a beautiful soul, but he does have this drive or compulsion to play hockey, filling that position known as "goon" or "enforcer." In other words, he wants to fight. It's not that he enjoys hurting people. He just has this need to be the bruiser on ice.
Alison Pill (Milk and Midnight in Paris) returns as Eva, the wife of Doug and a former waitress who is now pregnant with Doug's child. She thinks because they're about to become parents, he shouldn't be the goon, meaning he shouldn't fight.
Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street and Everybody Wants Some!!) co-stars as Anders Cain, the son of the guy who owns the Halifax Highlanders, the team for which Doug plays. However, Anders doesn't play for his father's team. Anders is the goon for an opposing team. In a game, he and Doug fight, and Anders beats the crap out of Doug. Doug isn't permanently injured but his arm is messed up so much that Doug has to stop playing.
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan and Scream 2) also returns as Ross Rhea, a fellow goon who is much older than Doug but still likes to get bloody and bruised on the ice. It's hinted strongly that he's having health issues as a result of his fighting. One could argue that his health threats are comparable to that of a boxer or a MMA athlete, but boxing is more regulated than here where the fights on the ice look like no-holds-barred, bare-knuckle brawls that go to gory extremes turning whole chunks of the ice floor into deep colors of red.
There were two films that came out earlier this year that utilized this kind of violence in a comedy scenario. They were Fist Fight and Catfight. The first one was agenda driven. The latter was a satire. In these examples, the violence had a purpose, a greater purpose than here. This film uses the violence as nothing than just an expression of masculinity that seems there only to prove it and its power, which in the modern era and especially in the Information Age feels antiquated.
Rated R for pervasive language, crude sexual content and bloody sports violence.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 41 mins.
Available on DVD and VOD.