Saturday, July 25, 2015


A few words of advice.  If a movie has Jake Gyllenhaal, you should definitely see it.  If a movie has Forest Whitaker, you should definitely see it.  If it has both, rejoice.  And then most definitely see it.

Sure, it's just a boxing movie.  And it's not really bringing anything mindblowingly new to the boxing table.  But the reality is, it's not an overdone genre, and that helps.  How many boxing movies have we had in recent years?  Grudge MatchThe FighterCinderella Man?  Comparing and contrasting them just isn't even worth it.  Any reviewer that brings up Rocky or Raging Bull is just wasting time (and probably getting paid by the word.)  The fact is, these are all great movies and you should see them all, including this one.  Gyllenhaal is always amazing.  (Seriously, have you seen Prisoners, Nightcrawler, Enemy, and End of Watch?  Someone give this guy an Oscar already!)  Whitaker always gives me chills, he's so damn good.  Rachel McAdams is great too.  (It helps us forget what a forced, wasted character she is on True Detective Season 2.)  And directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Kurt Sutter?  I mean, you had me at written by Kurt Sutter.  The rest is just icing.

Grade: A

Who is this movie for?  Who doesn't love a good heartfelt boxing drama?  Warning:  You will get choked up and/or cry.

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