“Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Willis to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.”
In many ways, this movie reminds me of Nightcrawler. It’s a movie where Jake Gyllenhaal is border line amazing in his performance, and the rest of the movie is very good, but just not as good as him. His acting here is really the main headline, but there is a good movie built around it. This movie is however a bit self indulgent in its spiral down the depression hole. The other performances here are also really all well done. You really can and do get a sense of each character, where they are from, and how they connect to Billy “The Great” Hope. Now this movie one can say is a bit cliched in it’s story, or where the story goes, but, the acting and directing here are done so well that you don’t mind going through the same plot points. As much as their is a story here, this movie really is about the characters, and the directing. It isn’t as totally a performance piece like Nightcrawler was, but the biggest difference here is that some of the other parts of this movie are filled in by Fuqua’s directing. This movie is emotional, its depressing, its full of great acting, its has good directing, and you really buy Jake as the champ. If you like boxing movies, dramas, movies about life in general, you should like this movie a lot.
Review Score : 8.5 out of 10