Fighting (2009)

Posted: May 20, 2011 in Hollywood
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In New York City, a young counterfeiter is introduced to the world of underground street fighting by a seasoned scam artist, who becomes his manager on the bare-knuckling brawling circuit.-IMDb


Dito Montiel


Channing TatumTerrence Howard and Luis Guzmán


 Action | Drama | Sport


 Some dreams are worth the fight.

I’m not complaining that the movie din’t have much of a fighting as the title suggest. I can understand what the makers are trying to show, but it is just plain boring. This tries to be like “The Wrestler” but it just came off as being silly instead of being realistic and intriguing, although it tries to be realistic.

There is nothing really entertaining about this movie, plus the main protagonist wins most of the fights by pure luck for most of the time. Alas, the climactic rooftop showdown is rather dull, much better is the marble hallway brawl against a kinetic Asian opponent .

The best thing about the film is Tatum’s interaction with Howard, who offers a
full-on, layered performance that actually makes the whole film worth seeing. The heart of the film is the relationship between these two men, but the script seems afraid to explore it in any real depth. Instead, it tilts toward the unconvincing romance between Shawn and Zulay.

Still of Channing Tatum in Fighting

The fights, thankfully, don’t noticeably include the over-the-top sound effects often included in Hollywood fight films (like the “woosh” of fists and the “thuds” of landed punches), but instead keeps the more realistic, skin-to-skin slapping sound, which, in my view, made the film much more gritty and, to an extent, more believable.

There’s nothing much to say about the movie. You can give it a watch if you see this when your flipping the channels at your home and nothing else better is on TV. I give it 4.5 out of 10.

Watch the trailer…


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